As Russian President Vladimir Putin closes in on week three of his invasion of Ukraine, the Biden administration announced yet another monetary boost to the victims of Putin’s unhinged aggression.
According to Fox News, a $200 million security assistance aid package for Ukraine has been authorized by President Joe Biden. That means, in total, over the past year, the United States has sent $1.2 billion to the struggling nation.
The announcement comes on the heels of a messaging mixup by the Biden administration concerning the delivery of over two dozen Polish MiG 29 fighter jets to Ukraine, which the White House later decided to reject, citing the possibility of such a delivery escalating the conflict.
The move also comes after Congress passed a $13.6 billion package this week, part of which will bolster America’s NATO operations in Eastern Europe, with some of that money going toward establishing and bolstering refugee programs.
Russia’s latest threat
While the U.S. rejected the fighter jet proposals, it has already sent a steady supply of anti-armor and anti-air weapons to Ukraine, among other military assistance.
Russian officials are growing increasingly angry over such supplies being sent to Ukraine, likely because the Ukrainian military and thousands of armed citizens across the country have managed to fend off a total takeover as a result.
Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said this week that shipments of weapons from Western nations into Ukraine can now be viewed as “legitimate targets.”
“The U.S. that pumping weapons from a number of countries it orchestrates isn’t just a dangerous move, it’s an action that makes those convoys legitimate targets,” Ryabkov said.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby admitted last week that the U.S. and allied weapons shipments to Ukraine have already been “used with great effect.”
The latest developments
While Russia’s progress isn’t what Putin likely expected, according to U.S. intelligence reports, that hasn’t stopped the tyrant from shaping up what appears to be a final play to capture Ukraine’s capital city, Kyiv.
The 40-mile long convoy that had been stalled for weeks has apparently begun to dig in, with artillery units just a dozen or so miles from the capital city. Fox News reports that Putin appears to be preparing for a final siege attempt to take the city.
Meanwhile, there have been multiple, continuous reports from some of the smaller cities in Ukraine sustaining heavy shelling, and the civilian death toll is steadily climbing by the day, with no real end in sight.