The United States confirmed on Wednesday that it has authorized an additional $200 million in security aid to Ukraine as it faces threats of Russian aggression.
President Joe Biden’s administration “approved a provision of $200 million in additional defensive security assistance to our Ukrainian partners last month,” a senior US official said when Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Kiev.
“As we have said, we are committed to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and will continue to provide Ukraine with the assistance it needs,” the official said on condition of anonymity.
Ahead of Russia’s military movement across Ukraine’s borders late last year, the Biden administration gave the country $450 million in military aid.
Biden approved the new funding, previously reported by media outlets but not publicly confirmed, under an emergency authorization for nations in crisis.
The official did not specify the items in the new package.
The Biden administration has repeatedly said it is ready to help Ukraine militarily, the culmination of a decades-long shift by the United States that previously worried about angering Russia.
Security aid to Ukraine became controversial for another reason under former President Donald Trump, who withheld aid to pressure President Volodymyr Zelensky to dig up dirt on Biden ahead of the 2020 US election.
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