Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began in late February, and while it hasn’t accomplished its primary objective of taking Ukraine’s capital city, Russia has managed to grind out a continued series of smaller wins on Ukraine’s eastern front.
Ukraine has received assistance from the West over the course of its attempt to fend off the Russian invaders, but the United States has been its biggest cheerleader and financier, and according to the Daily Caller, President Joe Biden is authorizing another traunch of money for Ukraine’s fight.
It was on Friday that the Biden administration announced a green light to ship some $400 million in additional security aid to Ukraine.
This particular aid shipment will contain the much sought-after High Mobility Rocket Systems (HIMARS) and ammunition, which will bolster Ukraine’s overall defense capabilities.
.@POTUS announced an additional $400 million in U.S. arms, equipment, and supplies to help Ukraine defend itself against Russia’s brutal war of choice. We stand with Ukraine and its brave defenders. #UnitedWithUkraine
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) July 9, 2022
Specifically, the aid package, which includes high-tech defensive equipment, will be stationed in the Donbas region of the country, where Russian forces have concentrated their attacks in recent weeks.
According to an unnamed U.S. defense official, the aid package “includes tactical vehicles to recover equipment, demolition munitions, counter-battery systems, and spare parts, according to the press release.”
The package comes as the Biden administration, within a three-week period, has authorized a total of $2.2 billion in aid for Ukraine’s defense against the Russian invaders. All told, since the start of the war, the U.S. has given the country some $8 billion in aid, which includes military equipment.
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) July 11, 2022
Many on social media were quick to criticize the latest aid announcement, citing a need for prioritizing domestic concerns, such as record-high inflation, before sending large chunks of money to foreign nations.
Recently-elected Congresswoman Mayra Flores (TX) echoed that sentiment in a recent tweet.
The Biden Administration just sent another 400 Million to Ukraine!!
Shouldn’t we focus on using American taxpayer money on issues here at home like school safety and securing our southern border?
— Mayra Flores For Congress (@MayraFlores2022) July 9, 2022