UPDATED 6:20 PM PT – Thursday, September 8, 2022
The Biden administration is sending an additional aid package worth almost $3 billion to Ukraine and to its neighboring countries. Secretary of State Antony Blinken made the announcement during a surprise visit to Kyiv on Thursday.
Always good to see my friend @DmytroKuleba. We discussed steadfast U.S. support to Ukraine, holding Russia accountable for atrocities committed, and how we can increase costs to Russia with our allies and partners. pic.twitter.com/yn6tvNwWra
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) September 8, 2022
He told Senior Officials that the Biden administration has notified Congress of its plan to seek $2 billion into long term foreign military in order to finance Ukraine and 18-neighboring countries including NATO members. Blinken claimed that other countries could be at risk of Future Russian aggression.
“I am pleased to be able to announce, as we did earlier today, additional support for Ukraine, another $675 million in systems and supplies that your military is already using to such great effect, rockets, artillery, armored vehicles, anti-tank systems, and that this is the 20th drawdown, as we call it,” Blinken said.
Blinken announced that this newest aid will bring the total US military assistance for Ukraine to approximately $15.2 billion since Biden took office.