President Joe Biden on Thursday announced he’s asking Congress for $33 billion in aid for Ukraine — his biggest request for assistance since Russia invaded Ukraine in February.
“Basically, we’re out of money,” Biden said in remarks at the White House on Thursday. “That’s why today, in order to sustain Ukraine as it continues to fight, I’m sending Congress a supplemental budget request that’s going to keep weapons and ammunition flowing without interruption to the brave Ukrainian fighters.”
“The cost of this fight is not cheap, but caving to aggression is going to be more costly if we allow it to happen,” the president said, calling on Congress to quickly approve the request.
Over $20 billion of the funding will go to military assistance, $8.5 billion will go to Ukraine’s economy, and another $3 billion will go to humanitarian aid, per the Associated Press.
The US has already provided Ukraine with billions in assistance, including lethal aid like Javelin anti-tank missiles and Stinger anti-aircraft missiles. Last month, Congress approved roughly $14 billion in emergency assistance to Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday warned of a “lightning fast” response to any countries that intervene in Ukraine.
“If someone intends to intervene in the ongoing events from the outside, and create strategic threats for Russia that are unacceptable to us, they should know that our retaliatory strikes will be lightning-fast,” Putin said.
Moscow on Thursday also warned NATO not to test its patience.
“In the West, they are openly calling on Kyiv to attack Russia including with the use of weapons received from NATO countries,” Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said to reporters in Moscow, Reuters reported.
“I don’t advise you to test our patience further,” Zakharova added.
This came after James Heappey, the UK armed forces minister, on Tuesday said it’s “completely legitimate” for Ukraine to attack Russian territory.
“In war, Ukraine needs to strike into its opponents’ depth to attack its logistics lines, its fuel supplies, its ammunition depots, and that’s part of it,” Heappey told Times Radio
“It is completely legitimate for Ukraine to be targeting in Russia’s depth in order to disrupt the logistics, that if they weren’t disrupted would directly contribute to death and carnage on Ukrainian soil,” he added.
In his remarks on Thursday, Biden said, “We’re not attacking Russia. We’re helping Ukraine defend itself against Russian aggression.”
“Russia is the aggressor. No ifs ands or buts about it,” Biden added.
This report was published on Insider.