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President Biden Greenlights Last $250 Million Aid Package for Ukraine Amid Congressional Funding Hurdles

The United States has announced a significant arms and munitions transfer of $250 million to Ukraine, representing potential final American defense assistance to Kyiv. 

This move comes as Republicans in Congress remain unwilling to authorize additional funds for Ukraine.

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In a statement, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken detailed the weapons and equipment package, including “air defense munitions, other air defense system components, additional ammunition for high mobility artillery rocket systems, 155mm and 105mm artillery ammunition, anti-armor munitions, and over 15 million rounds of ammunition.”

Blinken emphasized the crucial support from a coalition of over 50 countries for Ukraine’s forces and urged Congress to act swiftly to advance national security interests by assisting Ukraine in defending itself.

The Biden administration’s arms package could be the last tranche of US aid for Kyiv’s fight against Russia. Many Republicans oppose further support due to concerns that it would be perceived as a victory for President Biden in an election year.

Earlier, President Biden criticized House and Senate Republicans for obstructing the supplemental appropriations bill he called for in October, which sought to allocate billions of dollars for Ukraine’s defense against Russian forces. 

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Biden’s Warning: US Assistance to Ukraine in Jeopardy Amidst Funding Bill Impasse

The United States has announced a significant arms and munitions transfer of $250 million to Ukraine, representing potential final American defense assistance to Kyiv.

Biden warned that the US was rapidly reaching the limit of its ability to help Ukraine without the passage of the funding bill, and he accused Republicans of doing the bidding of the Russian government.

The ongoing impasse between House and Senate Republicans, and Senate Democrats, revolves around the GOP’s demand for draconian changes to US immigration policies. These changes aim to make it more challenging for non-white immigrants from South and Central America and other countries to seek asylum at the US-Mexico border.

In addition to the immigration policy standoff, some Republicans oppose further defense aid to Kyiv due to political considerations and baseless conspiracy theories. 

Allegations of corruption involving President Biden and his support for Ukraine have been debunked, but some GOP members continue to cite these unfounded claims to justify their reluctance to provide additional aid to Kyiv.

The announcement of the $250 million arms package underscores the challenges in navigating the complexities of U.S. foreign policy and the geopolitical landscape, especially when political considerations intersect with global crises.

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