FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden arrives aboard Air Force One at Philadelphia International Airport on March 11, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
March 12, 2022
By Andrea Schalal and Steve Holland
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden on Saturday approved an additional $200 million in arms and other aid to Ukraine, the White House said, as Ukrainian officials said heavy shelling by Russian forces would endanger attempted evacuations of civilians .
The decision brings total US security assistance to Ukraine to $1.2 billion since January 2021 and $3.2 billion since 2014, when Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea region, according to senior administration officials.
In a memorandum to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Biden directed that up to $200 million provided through the Foreign Assistance Act be earmarked for Ukraine’s defense.
The funds can be used for weapons and other defense items held by the Defense Ministry, as well as for military education and training to help Ukraine against invading Russian forces.
The Pentagon had no immediate comment on the additional aid and what types of weapons would be included.
Ukraine has called for more Javelin anti-tank weapons and Stinger missiles to shoot down planes.
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba underscored Ukraine’s need for additional military supplies in an interview with the nonprofit Renew Democracy Initiative on Saturday.
The United States has repeatedly supplied Ukraine from US stockpiles, beginning in the fall of 2021 and then again in December and February.
The latest shipment of weapons provided by the United States in February included anti-tank systems, small arms, body armor and various ammunition in support of Ukraine’s front-line defenders, as well as anti-aircraft systems, according to the Pentagon.
On Thursday night, the US Congress approved $13.6 billion in emergency aid to Ukraine as part of a $1.5 trillion measure to fund the US government through September.
(Reporting by Andrea Shalal and Steve HollandEditing by Alistair Bell and Grant McCool)
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