US plans $40bn aid package for Ukraine

Joe Biden, US President

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# 10 May 2022 09:37 (UTC +04:00)

US Congressional Democrats have agreed to provide another $39.8bn in additional aid for Ukraine, two sources familiar with the proposal told Reuters on Monday, APA reports.

The House of Representatives could pass the plan, which exceeds President Joe Biden’s request last month for $33 billion, as soon as Tuesday, and Senate leaders said they were also prepared to move quickly, the news agency reports.

Biden on April 28 asked Congress for $33 billion to support Ukraine, including more than $20 billion in military assistance.

The new proposal includes an additional $3.4 billion for military aid and $3.4 billion in humanitarian aid, the sources said.

A statement released by the White House read:

"The need is also urgent: I have nearly exhausted the resources given to me by a bipartisan majority in Congress to support Ukraine’s fighters. This aid has been critical to Ukraine’s success on the battlefield. We cannot allow our shipments of assistance to stop while we await further Congressional action. We are approximately ten days from hitting this critical deadline.”

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