Document approving a behemoth aid package sent to Seoul for US President’s signature
US President Joe Biden on Saturday signed into law a 40 40 billion military and economic aid package for Ukraine. Biden signed the document during a visit to South Korea.
Documents, titles “Additional Ukraine Supplemental Allocation Act 2022,” Biden was specially sent to Seoul to sign. The move appears to be more symbolic than real, as the US president could have legally instructed a subordinate to put his signature.
The law was passed in the US Senate on Wednesday, with overwhelming support from 86 to 11 senators. The senators who opposed the bill were all Republicans.
Under the law, the United States will provide about 20 20 billion in military aid to Ukraine to help the country fight Russia. This includes funding for military hardware and salaries for Ukrainian soldiers, as well as funding for US troops stationed in Europe and replenishing US arms stockpiles already sent to Ukraine.
Russia invaded Ukraine in late February, following Kiev’s failure to implement the terms of the first Minsk agreement, signed in 2014, and the final recognition of Moscow’s Donetsk and Lugansk’s Donbas republics. The German- and French-brokerage protocols were designed to give special status to isolated territories within the Ukrainian state.
The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine formally declare itself a neutral state that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kyiv has insisted that the Russian invasion was completely unpopular and has denied claims that it is planning to forcibly retake the two republics.
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