President Joe Biden is sending $800 million in new weapons to Ukraine, including artillery, helicopters, ammunition, and other military hardware that will test the limits of how far aid can go without involving the United States actively in the conflict.
After an hour-long phone discussion with Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Biden unveiled the revised deal on Wednesday. It contains heavy artillery systems and armored personnel carriers, indicating a more serious military commitment than what had previously been the case with supplies of more defensive equipment.
“The weaponry we provide have been deployed to deadly effect by the Ukrainian military. “As Russia prepares to escalate its attack in the Donbas region, the US will continue to assist Ukraine with the tools it needs to defend itself,” Biden said in a statement following the call.
Biden is debating how to strengthen Ukraine’s defenses against the Russian incursion without immediately interfering with US military and avoiding particular equipment that he believes may spark a global conflict. To limit Russia’s influence, Biden initially relied primarily on punitive economic penalties and defensive help, but he has steadily announced new supplies of increasingly lethal military weapons while ramping up his own condemnations, including naming Russia’s actions “genocide” this week.
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