| 27 February 2024, Tuesday |

Biden approves $350 million in military aid for Ukraine

On Friday, President Joe Biden directed the US State Department to deliver up to $350 million in weaponry from US stockpiles to Ukraine, which is battling a Russian incursion.

Biden requested that $350 million from the Foreign Assistance Act be targeted for Ukraine’s defense in a memorandum to Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Ukraine has requested Javelin anti-tank weaponry as well as Stinger missiles to take down planes.

This third permission for arms supplies to Ukraine, Blinken said in a statement on Saturday, was “unusual.”

The armaments included anti-armor, small guns, body armor, and other ammunition in support of Ukraine’s front-line defenders, according to the Pentagon. A State Department spokesman added that the equipment included anti-aircraft systems.
In the autumn of 2021 and again in December, the US pulled from its military stockpiles to assist Ukraine. According to Blinken, the US has contributed more than $1 billion in security support to Ukraine over the last year.

As Ukraine’s military faces an invading Russian force, several nations have committed military aid to Kyiv. After President Vladimir Putin delayed the attack a day earlier in expectation of discussions with Kyiv that never transpired, Russian forces resumed their advance into Ukraine on Saturday, according to the Kremlin.

The Dutch government stated in a letter to parliament on Saturday that it will provide 200 Stinger air defense missiles to Ukraine as soon as feasible.

Belgium has committed 2,000 machine guns and 3,800 tons of gasoline to the war effort.

The defense ministry in Berlin confirmed that Germany, which had a long-standing policy of not exporting weapons to war zones, had approved the delivery of 400 rocket-propelled grenades from the Netherlands to Ukraine, confirming a policy shift after it was chastised for refusing to send weapons to Kyiv, unlike other Western allies.

A French army spokesperson said on Saturday that France has agreed to deploy defensive military weapons to Ukraine to help the nation fight Russia’s incursion, but that offensive armaments were still being considered.

  • Reuters