December 7, 2022
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Biden, Congress reject Russian invasion of Ukraine, approve $40 billion in military, humanitarian aid

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The United State President, Joe Biden and the Congress have rejected Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Disclosing this in a statement on Thursday May 19, 2022, Biden stated that global effort will be intensified to reject the invasion of Ukraine.

According to the statement, the Senate approved $40 billion in new military and humanitarian assistance.

The Senate commended Biden and top lawmakers for giving firm public support to what could be the most significant expansion of NATO in nearly two decades.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian President,  Volodymyr Zelensky, has implored the West to provide his military with a more sophisticated arsenal to wage a protracted battle in the east and south of the country against the forces of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“In the face of aggression, NATO has not grown weaker or more divided. It has grown stronger, more united,” Biden said after meeting with the two leaders, calling the decision of Finland and Sweden to renounce decades of nonalignment following the Russian invasion “a victory for democracy in action.”

In a separate written statement on the aid package, Biden thanked Congress “for sending a clear bipartisan message to the world that the people of the United States stand together with the brave people of Ukraine as they defend their democracy and freedom.”

The bill, passed on an 86-to-11 vote Thursday, provides a combined $20 billion in military aid that is expected to finance the transfer of advanced weapons systems, such as Patriot antiaircraft missiles and long-range artillery. 

Also included in the bill is more than $8 billion in general economic support for Ukraine, nearly $5 billion in global food aid to address potential food shortages sparked by the collapse of the Ukrainian agricultural economy, and more than $1 billion in combined support for refugees.

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