The Biden administration announced a new $325 million military aid package for Ukraine, including several American weapons systems. The new assistance comes as some prominent members of Congress called for the end of what they see as a deepening American commitment regarding the war between Russia and Ukraine.
The United States committed to sending Ukraine a number of military systems, including for rocket systems, precision munitions, missiles and more.
This represents the 36th such package Biden sent to the country since the war began in February 2022.
Ukraine recently announced that it received Patriot anti-missile systems and the White House sent another $2.6 billion in military aid earlier this month.
This also comes as NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that every member of the alliance desires Ukraine to join during an unannounced visit to the country.
He said that the alliance will assist Ukraine “as long as it takes.”
“We will stand by Ukraine in the future,” he said.
”Ukraine’s future is in the Euro-Atlantic family, and all NATO allies have agreed that Ukraine will become a NATO member,” Stoltenberg said.
The aid also comes after a 21-year-old airman allegedly leaked classified Pentagon documents. The documents purport to show lower Russian casualties than figures previously reported by the media.
Resistance to further American aid to the eastern European country has increased in Congress. This week, 19 Republican members of Congress signed a letter to President Biden calling for the end to such aid.
The letter was signed by high-profile members of the House and Senate, including Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).
The letter partially reads that the members, “are deeply concerned that the trajectory of U.S. aid to the Ukrainian war effort threatens further escalation and lacks much-needed strategic clarity.”
The letter conflicts with statements by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who called Ukraine aid the “number one priority” for Republicans late last year.
Our polling never showed it.
How much, Mitch?
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“That’s sort of how we see the challenges confronting the country at the moment,” he said.