Biden seeks $33 billion in military, humanitarian aid

President Joe Biden is asking Congress to approve $33 billion in security, economic and humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

The request, which will be sent to lawmakers on Thursday, includes $20.4 billion in additional security and military assistance for Ukraine and for US efforts to strengthen European security in cooperation with NATO allies and other partners in the region. The resources would be used to put equipment into the hands of Ukraine’s military and police and help NATO defend against Russia in the long run.

Another $8.5 billion would provide economic assistance to help the Ukrainian government respond to the crisis caused by Russia’s invasion and to continue to provide basic services to its citizens, such as food, energy and health care. Some funding targets Russian disinformation, supporting agribusinesses during the fall harvest and purchasing natural gas by the Ukrainian state energy company.

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