WASHINGTON — The White Home introduced on Monday that america would ship one other $550 million in arms to Ukraine to assist it fend off Russian invaders, growing the entire American funding in battle combating there to greater than $8 billion for the reason that invasion started in February.
President Biden licensed the newest package deal as the primary cargo ship of meals lastly left the Ukrainian port metropolis of Odesa after months of Russian blockade, in accordance with an settlement with Moscow. The White Home referred to as on the Kremlin to proceed abiding by the pact with a view to ease a rising meals disaster around the globe.
“Russia has, after all, weaponized meals,” stated John F. Kirby, a spokesman for the Nationwide Safety Council. “We urge Russia to fulfill its commitments underneath this new association.”
Mr. Kirby stated that Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken; Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Employees; and Jake Sullivan, the nationwide safety adviser, had knowledgeable their Ukrainian counterparts concerning the new weapons shipments on Monday. Mr. Blinken stated in a press release that he was authorizing a drawdown of arms and gear from Division of Protection inventories for Ukraine’s self-defense.