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Biden Admin Announces Another $3 Billion In Aid For Ukraine

US President Joe Biden delivers a national update on the situation at the Russia-Ukraine border at the White House in Washington, DC, February 18, 2022. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

The Biden administration is set to announce an additional $3 billion in aid for Ukraine on Wednesday.

The Associated Press reported that the U.S. is shifting to support the war against Russia long-term and will likely keep more troops in Europe.

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Wednesday is the day the war hits its six-month mark, the same day that Ukraine celebrates its Independence Day.

The U.S. is focused on helping Ukraine defend themselves against Russia in the future.

U.S. officials told The AP that the funds will support contracts for drones, weapons and other equipment, although they might not see combat for up to two years.

Previous security donations for Ukraine have involved weapons, equipment and medical supplies, which were more immediate needs of the nation.

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The new funding is reportedly focused on helping Ukraine’s security infrastructure.

According to officials, “the new package is intended to reassure Ukrainian officials that the United States intends to keep up its support, regardless of the day-to-day back and forth of the conflict,” The AP said.

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Weeks ago, the Pentagon sent what was its largest package yet to Ukraine, $1 billion for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) and tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv called for any Americans still in Ukraine to leave immediately out of fear that Russia will escalate its attacks.

“Given Russia’s track record in Ukraine, we are concerned about the continued threat that Russian strikes pose to civilians and civilian infrastructure,” it said.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg also focused on the alliance’s support for Ukraine Tuesday.

“Winter is coming, and it will be hard, and what we see now is a grinding war of attrition. This is a battle of wills, and a battle of logistics. Therefore we must sustain our support for Ukraine for the long term, so that Ukraine prevails as a sovereign, independent nation,” Stoltenberg said.

Other countries have recently announced their plans to provide aid to Ukraine as the war continues.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said his country is providing more than 500 million euros in aid, however, it still needs to be approved by parliament and may not be fully delivered until next year.

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also announced $3.85 million for Ukraine, through two projects for the Peace and Stabilization Operations Program, reported The AP.

Since the beginning of the Biden administration, the U.S. has provided over $10 billion in military aid to Ukraine.

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