Ahead of Biden’s European trip, White House announces $450 in additional military aid to Ukraine

The White House announced Thursday an additional $450 million in military aid to Ukraine, including more rockets, artillery shells and patrol boats.

It would be the 13th round of U.S. security assistance to Ukraine since Russia invaded Ukraine in late February. The U.S. provided Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky with about $6.1 billion in military aid to fight Russian aggressors.

“As President Biden told President Zelensky in his speech last week, the United States will continue to strengthen Ukraine’s defenses and support its sovereignty and territorial integrity,” said John Kirby, strategic communications coordinator for the National Security Council. “The bravery and determination of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, not to mention their compatriots, inspired the world, and we are committed to standing with them and fighting for their freedom.”

The new package was announced just days before the president was set to travel to Europe for meetings with the G7 and NATO nations, in what administration officials described as the “worst security situation in decades.”

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