President Joe Biden departs after attending Mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, Saturday, April 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
UPDATED 9:52 AM PT – Monday, April 12, 2021
Joe Biden is withholding military aid from Ukraine that had already been approved by Congress in the face of Russian military maneuvers at its borders.
Biden will reportedly provide only $125 million to Ukraine this year, although Congress has already approved a $275 million package. White House officials said $150 million of that aid will be withheld until Ukraine conducts the reforms that Biden is asking for.
Last year, President Trump was impeached and ultimately acquitted over a debunked allegation of withholding aid from Ukraine. Meanwhile, some believe Russia’s military is planning a new incursion into Ukraine, which has been left defenseless by Biden.
“The U.S. is attempting to push Ukraine into war…such a war needs to be limited in scale because the U.S. tends to always minimize its risks,” stated Aleksey Podberezkin, director of the Center for Military and Political Studies at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. “They would not engage in it directly, but this is one of their methods to bring collapse to a country and ultimately make leadership of the country give up its sovereignty.”
President Trump gave Ukraine $415 million in 2019, which included lethal weapons that arguably deterred Russian forces from waging war at the time.
Meanwhile, Biden is evading calls to accept Ukraine into NATO, although such a promise was made back in 2008.