NewsZelensky urges quick U.S. aid as Ukraine braces for Russian onslaught

Zelensky urges quick U.S. aid as Ukraine braces for Russian onslaught

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky
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7:32 AM EDT, April 22, 2024

"The adoption of a Ukraine aid package by the US House of Representatives will strengthen Ukraine and send the Kremlin a powerful signal that it will not be the second Afghanistan," Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced in an NBC interview on Sunday.

Volodymyr Zelensky has called Washington for a swift Senate adoption of the aid package and its subsequent delivery. He believes this support is crucial for Ukraine's victory in the war against Russia.

As Russia advances, Ukraine readies its defenses

Zelensky highlighted the importance of obtaining anti-aircraft defense systems and long-range weapons to prevent loss of life at the front.

When asked about a potentially significant Russian offensive, he confirmed that Ukrainian forces are already preparing for it.

The US House of Representatives recently passed a Ukraine aid bill totaling $60.8 billion.

This funding includes $23 billion to refill the American arsenal after donating equipment to Ukraine, $13.8 billion to purchase equipment for Ukraine, and $11.3 billion to support US forces in the region.

Furthermore, the bill authorizes the President to transfer nearly $8 billion worth of weaponry, in addition to the $4 billion currently at his discretion.

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