Sen. Chuck Schumer wants another $12 billion in US aid for Ukraine – saying on Sunday that the colossal amount is necessary to help defeat Russia “during this critical moment of Ukrainian momentum”.
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The New York Democrat and Senate leader said he would push for additional funding to be included in the upcoming budget deal, which needs to reach the end of the month to keep the federal government open.
Ukraine’s recent move comes after a surprising advance in its war against aggressor Russia. The US has sent more than $15 billion in aid so far, but Schumer says now is the time to strike with even more US funding.
“By all reports, Russia’s recent withdrawal of northeastern Ukraine was its biggest military defeat since the withdrawal of Russian troops from areas near Kyiv more than five months ago, and I am here to confirm that. That support from the US and other allies has worked. And we must help keep this momentum going,” the senator said in a statement.
âThis dramatic change of pace for Ukraine is inspired by our bipartisan work in Congress, and I aim to vote on the upcoming budget we will vote next week.
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“I would insist on adding at least $12 billion in aid for Ukraine to the budget, and I hope we get bipartisan support to see that through.”
During the war, US financial aid for Kyiv has been approved by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, with only some GOP members of Congress expressing opposition. Schumer’s office said the new round of funding would send more weapons and humanitarian aid.
Earlier this month Ukraine’s military pushed Russian troops to retreat into areas previously occupied by Moscow during the war.
“We have seen that, as Ukraine has gained ground, the Russian military has been reckless and ruthless,” Schumer said.
“Mass graves, attacks that target civilians, and other unspeakable acts reinforce this kind of vital aid, and how it really helps change what’s happening on the ground that could save innocent lives.” Is.”
Schumer’s push for more funding comes after the Biden administration sent more than $600 million last week to provide Ukraine with more ammunition and equipment.
“With admirable grit and determination, the people of Ukraine are defending their homeland and fighting for their future,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said at the time.