US Senate approves long-awaited military aid for Ukraine

US Senate approves long-awaited military aid for Ukraine
# 24 April 2024 08:21 (UTC +04:00)

The $61 billion aid package for Ukraine comes after months of deadlock at the US Congress, the bill also includes military support for Israel and Taiwan, APA reports citing Deutsche Welle.

The US Senate has passed $95 billion (€ 88.7 billion) in military aid to its allies, which includes the long-awaited $61 billion package for Ukraine, meant to help Kyiv defend itself against Russia.

The bill passed with an overwhelming 79-18 vote late Tuesday.

US President President Joe Biden said after the vote that he would sign the bill into law on Wednesday, adding that the delivery of weapons and equipment can begin "this week."

"Tonight, a bipartisan majority in the Senate joined the House to answer history's call at this critical inflection point," Biden said in a statement.

"I will sign this bill into law and address the American people as soon as it reaches my desk tomorrow so we can begin sending weapons and equipment to Ukraine this week," he said.

While the bill was expected to sail through the Senate, it faced months of delays and contentious debate at the House of Representatives.

Biden's administration is already preparing a $1 billion (€930 million) military aid package for Ukraine, the first from the bill, according to a report by Reuters news agency citing two unnamed US officials.

This includes vehicles, Stinger air defense munitions, additional ammunition for high-mobility artillery rocket systems, 155 millimeter artillery ammunition, TOW and Javelin anti-tank munitions and other weapons that can immediately be put to use on the battlefield, according to the report.

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