Aid to Ukraine is Finding its Way In

By U.S. Navy/PH3 Alta I. Cutler –  Wikimedia

Australia will provide substantial additional military aid and emergency humanitarian aid to help the Ukrainian people in the wake of the brutal Russian invasion. This additional assistance will allow international humanitarian organizations to continue supporting the Ukrainian people, working closely with the Ukrainian government and European allies and partners, at the forefront of any response.  The United States is one of the largest donors of humanitarian aid to Ukraine, and our humanitarian aid to vulnerable communities since Russia invaded Ukraine In recent weeks, the American people have provided $300 million in humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine and neighboring countries. Last year, the United States provided Ukraine with more security assistance than ever before — $650 million in weapons, including pre-invasion air defense and anti-tank equipment.

Washington has also provided Ukraine with about $650 million in military aid.

According to a House ballot, only $3.5 billion of that amount is for military aid to Ukraine. Another $3.5 billion will be used to replace the military supplies the Biden administration has already sent to Ukraine this year and to continue delivering additional shipments.

Speaking at the White House, President Joe Biden said the new aid package would dramatically increase the amount of military support destined for Ukraine and would include 800 anti-aircraft systems, 9,000 anti-tank systems, 7,000 small arms such as rifles and grenade launchers, as well as drones and other military equipment.

The $800 million in new funding announced by Biden comes from the $13.6 billion aid package signed into law Tuesday. But just $3.5 billion of that figure is allocated toward military aid to Ukraine, according to a House of Representatives fact sheet.

The new assistance package comes in the form of direct transfers of equipment from the Department of Defense to Ukraine. It includes a host of weapons for civilian and military use: 800 anti-aircraft missiles; 9,000 anti-armor systems; 7,000 small arms, like machine guns, shotguns, and grenade launchers; 20 million rounds of ammunition; body armor; and drones.  ‘Reporting by Politico’

As Moscow continued, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called for some actions that Western allies fear could lead to direct conflict with Russia and an escalation of the war. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has repeatedly called on his country’s allies to establish a no-fly zone over the country.

In a televised speech, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said this week’s withdrawal of Western embassy staff in Kyiv did not signal the inevitability of a military escalation in relations with Russia. Zelenskyy said Russia expected to find Ukraine in the same way that Russia did in 2014 when it seized Crimea without a fight and supported the separatists as they took control of the eastern part of Donbas.

 Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he was thankful to U.S. President Joe Biden for the additional military aid but said he would not say specifically what the new package included because he didn’t want to tip off Russia.

“This is our defense,” he said in his nighttime video address to the nation. “When the enemy doesn’t know what to expect from us. As they didn’t know what awaited them after Feb. 24,” the day Russia invaded. “They didn’t know what we had for defense or how we prepared to meet the blow.”

Zelenskyy said Russia expected to find Ukraine much as it did in 2014 when it seized Crimea without a fight and backed separatists as they took control of the eastern Donbas region. But Ukraine is now a different country, with much stronger defenses, he said.   ‘Reporting by The Associated Press’

I think the big question is, how long will military weapons support can keep Ukraine safe from being reduced to rubble by the Russian military. I am all for us helping Ukraine, but I think sooner or later the US and its allies will have to help either bring this invasion by Putin to a peaceful end or a military end.

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