December 5, 2022

Biden urges Congress to ‘quickly’ provide requested funding to ‘strengthen Ukraine on the battlefield’, warns ‘my Administration has nearly exhausted funding that can be used to send security assistance through drawdown authorities for Ukraine’

President Joe Biden walks through the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday, December 23, 2021, on his way to the Residence. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)
President Joe Biden walks through the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday, December 23, 2021, on his way to the Residence. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

United States President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Friday announced another package of security assistance for Ukraine but urged Congress to “quickly” provide more money, warning that “my Administration has nearly exhausted funding that can be used to send security assistance through drawdown authorities for Ukraine.”

He wrote in a statement, “Today, the United States is continuing our strong support for the brave people of Ukraine as they defend their country against Russia’s ongoing aggression. I am announcing another package of security assistance that will provide additional artillery munitions, radars, and other equipment to Ukraine.

“The United States has provided a historic amount of security assistance to Ukraine at rapid speed. We are sending the weapons and equipment that Congress has authorized directly to the front lines of freedom in Ukraine. U.S. support, together with the contributions of our Allies and partners, has been critical in helping Ukraine win the battle of Kyiv and hinder Putin’s war aims in Ukraine.

“With today’s announcement, my Administration has nearly exhausted funding that can be used to send security assistance through drawdown authorities for Ukraine. For Ukraine to succeed in this next phase of war its international partners, including the U.S., must continue to demonstrate our unity and our resolve to keep the weapons and ammunition flowing to Ukraine, without interruption. Congress should quickly provide the requested funding to strengthen Ukraine on the battlefield and at the negotiating table.”

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