As Biden signs the aid bill abroad, $40 billion will go to Ukraine.


US President Biden signed a bill on Saturday to support Ukraine with an additional $40 billion in US aid as the Russian invasion draws closer to four months.

the bill that was Parliament passed with bipartisan support, deepening the United States’ commitment to Ukraine at a time when the future of war is uncertain. Ukraine has successfully defended Kyiv and Russia has again focused its offensive eastward, but US officials warn of a possible escalation of the conflict.

The funds are to support Ukraine until September, early emergency action It provided $13.6 billion.

The new legislation will provide $20 billion in military aid to continue to supply advanced weapons used to blunt Russia’s advance. There is also $8 billion in general economic aid, $5 billion to address global food shortages that could be caused by the collapse of Ukraine’s agriculture, and more than $1 billion to help refugees.

Biden signed the bill under unusual circumstances. Because he was on a tour of Asia, a White House official said a US official brought a copy of the bill on a commercial flight to Seoul for the president to sign.

While this logistics reflects the urgency of continued US support for Ukraine, it also reflects the overlapping international challenges Biden faces. While he seeks to redirect US foreign policy against China, he continues to devote resources to Europe’s biggest conflict since World War II.

Biden also signed unrelated legislation. use of formula Given the shortage of supplies in the United States. This measure would allow government benefits from the Special Nutritional Supplement Program for Women, Infants and Children, better known as WIC, to be used to purchase a wider range of infant formula.

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