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Biden gives assurity to Ukraine over $60 billion war aid package vote

Biden gives assurity to Ukraine over $60 billion war aid package vote

Biden gives assurity to Ukraine over $60 billion war aid package vote

Biden gives assurity to Ukraine over $60 billion war aid package vote

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  • Biden assures Ukraine that the aid will be approved.
  • Ukraine’s withdrawal from the battle at Avdiivka was due to lack of congressional support.
  • Zelensky appeals for more weapons to prevent a “catastrophic” situation in Europe.
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US President Joe Biden has assured his Ukrainian counterpart that $60 billion in military aid is on its way. Although the measure still requires a final congressional vote, Mr. Biden informed Volodymyr Zelensky that he is confident it will be approved. Earlier, Mr. Zelensky urgently appealed for more weapons to prevent a “catastrophic” situation in Europe. The US has attributed Ukraine’s withdrawal from the battle at Avdiivka to a lack of Congressional support.

Russia’s first notable gain since seizing nearby Bakhmut in May is taking Avdiivka, which serves as a gateway to the Russian-seized Donetsk regional capital in the east.

“Ukraine’s military was forced to withdraw from Avdiivka after Ukrainian soldiers had to ration ammunition due to dwindling supplies as a result of congressional inaction,” a White House statement read.

Earlier this week, the US Senate approved a $95 billion (£75 billion) foreign aid package, which includes $60 billion for Ukraine, after months of political wrangling. However, the package still faces an uphill battle in the House of Representatives, where members of the Republican Party are divided on the measure.

Mr Zelensky statement:

“Look, the Ukrainian people have fought so bravely and heroically, they’ve put so much on the line and the idea that now, when they’re running out of ammunition, we’d walk away – I find it absurd,” Mr Biden told reporters following his call with Mr Zelensky on Saturday.

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“I find it unethical, I find it just contrary to everything we are as a country”, he added. “So I’m going to fight until we get them the ammunition they need and the capacity they need to defend themselves.”

The Ukrainian president also urged US lawmakers to approve the financial package.

“I am glad that I can count on the full support of the American president,” he posted on Telegram.

In Germany, Mr. Zelensky made an urgent appeal for more weapons to avoid a “catastrophic” situation in Europe.

“Keeping Ukraine in the artificial deficits of weapons, particularly in deficit of artillery and long-range capabilities allows Putin to adapt to the current intensity of the war,” he told an international conference in Munich.

“Ukrainians have proven that we can force Russia to retreat,” he said. “We can get our land back.”

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“Do not ask Ukraine when the war will end. Ask yourself, why is Putin still able to continue it?”

UK Foreign Secretary David Cameron stated that assistance for Ukraine from the UK, the EU, and the US would make a “real difference” in the fight against Russia. Ukraine critically depends on weapons supplies from the US and other Western allies to continue fighting against Russia, which possesses a much larger military force and ample artillery ammunition.

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