Biden authorizes $200 mln military assistance to Ukraine
After stressing that no troops will be deployed, the US is sending millions in military aid to Ukraine.
US President Joe Biden authorized on Saturday a drawdown of up to $200 million for "defense articles" and military training to provide military assistance to Ukraine, the White House stated.
Under the 1961 Foreign Assistance Act, Biden delegated to Secretary of State Antony Blinken the authority to "direct the drawdown of up to an aggregate value of $200 million in defense articles and services of the Department of Defense, and military education and training."
Earlier, US President Joe Biden has been exceedingly clear that no American forces will fight in Ukraine, including in the country's sky, a senior American defense official said Wednesday.
"The President has been exceedingly clear there will be no US troops fighting in Ukraine, that includes in the skies over Ukraine," the official underlined.
"Nothing has changed about that policy, no one is looking for an armed conflict with Russia here in the United States," he claimed.
In January, a report published by Politico revealed that US President Joe Biden's administration "quietly authorized an additional $200 million in security assistance to Ukraine."
The US security assistance package authorized transferring defensive equipment to Ukraine, including "smalls arms, and ammunition, secure radios, medical equipment, spare parts, and other equipment,” the report mentioned.
Ukrainian official sources mentioned that the US package to Ukraine will also include radar systems and some maritime equipment.