President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Thursday, April 21, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
UPDATED 10:44 AM PT – Thursday, April 21, 2022
President Joe Biden announced an additional $800 million in military aid for Ukraine. He made the announcement at the White House Thursday in a move raising the total amount of military aid the US has given to Ukraine to $3.4 billion since the invasion began.
According to Biden, the new aid includes artillery, dozens of Howitzers and 44,000 rounds of ammunition for Ukraine to help fight the escalating Russian assault on the eastern part of the nation. The President emphasized American and international assistance has substantially helped Ukraine.
“The sustained and coordinated support of the international community led and facilitated by the United States is a significant reason why Ukraine is able to stop Russia from taking over their country this far,” Biden stated. “Every American taxpayer, every member of our armed forces can be proud of the fact that our country’s generosity, and the skill and service of our military helped arm and repel Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.”
Biden revealed the US will also be providing an additional $500 million in humanitarian and financial assistance. The President will be sending Congress a request to approve more funding to Ukraine given the funds authorized last month are nearly exhausted.
The US will also reportedly train Ukrainians to use heavy weapon systems provided as military aid. On Tuesday, Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said the Department of Defense will teach Ukrainian trainers how to use 155-millimeter Howitzer artillery systems outside Ukraine in the coming days.
The trainers will then return to Ukraine to teach the troops. The long-range systems were specifically requested by Ukraine for the different type of fighting in the Donbas.