Joe Biden approves $800 million in military aid to Ukraine

U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday approved $800 million in military aid to Ukraine, including artillery and helicopters, in order to bolster its defenses in the face of an intensifying Russian offensive in the east of the country.

Biden announced the aid after a call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to coordinate delivery of the assistance, which he said included artillery systems and shells, armored personnel carriers and helicopters.

This new assistance package will contain many of the highly effective weapons systems we have already provided and new capabilities tailored to the broader attack we expect Russia to launch in eastern Ukraine, Biden said in a statement.

Biden said the United States will continue to work with allied governments to share additional weapons and resources as the conflict continues.

The steady supply of weapons that the United States and its allies and partners have provided to Ukraine has been critical to sustaining its fight against the Russian invasion, Biden said.

It has helped ensure that (Russian President Vladimir) Putin failed in his initial war aims to conquer and control Ukraine. We cannot rest now, he added.

Biden announced the new aid package after he claimed Tuesday that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was genocide.

Yes, I called it a genocide, he stressed to reporters. It is becoming increasingly clear that Putin is simply trying to kill the idea of even being Ukrainian.