Kyiv | The United States announced on Wednesday the release of an additional $200 million in security aid to Ukraine amid a threat of a Russian invasion.
President Joe Biden’s administration “last month approved a provision of $200 million in additional defensive security assistance to our Ukrainian partners,” a senior US official said during a visit to Kyiv by Secretary of State Antony. Blinken.
“As we have said, we are committed to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and will continue to provide Ukraine with the support it needs,” the official said, speaking under the guise of anonymity.
He did not disclose the nature of this aid.
Washington had provided $450 million in military aid to Kiev before Russian troops moved to the Ukrainian border late last year.
Mr Biden approved the new funding, which had previously been reported by the media but has so far not been publicly confirmed, as part of an emergency response for nations at risk.
The Biden administration has repeatedly said it stands ready to help Ukraine militarily, a dramatic shift as the United States has long worried about Russia’s wrath.