More than $12 billion in Ukraine-related aid will be included as part of the stopgap spending bill that would fund the United States federal government into mid-December, the Associated Press on Sept. 27.
Both chambers of Congress must approve legislation by the end of Friday, Sept. 30, which is the end of the fiscal year, to prevent a partial government shutdown.
From this money, $3 billion will be used for weapons, and $1.5 billion will be used to replenish the stockpile of U.S. weapons transferred to Ukraine.
Also, $540 million were allocated to increase the production of ammunition, $2.8 billion were allocated to support intelligence, special payments for U.S. troops stationed in Europe. And also $4.5 billion for economic assistance for Ukraine.
The law also authorizes Biden to direct up to $3.7 billion in additional military aid to Ukraine.
Moreover, the U.S. is preparing a new $1.1 billion arms package for Ukraine’s battle with Russia that will be announced soon, Reuters reported.
The package will include HIMARS launcher systems, accompanying munitions, various types of counter-drone and radar systems, along with spare parts, training and technical support.
It is also expected to use funds from the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI) appropriated by Congress to allow the Biden administration to procure weapons from industry rather than from existing U.S. weapons stocks.
Meanwhile, President Joe Biden condemned the referendums in occupied areas of Ukraine and vowed the U.S. would never recognize the results. Indeed, Washington is preparing a new round of sanctions against Russia should Moscow annex these areas after the referendum results are announced.
Also, senior officials in the U.S. presidential administration expressed their disappointment with Brussels about the slow provision of European assistance to Kyiv, according to the Financial Times on Sept. 28, citing information provided to it by four officials on condition of anonymity.
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