WASHINGTON — The White House introduced on Monday that the United States would ship one other $550 million in arms to Ukraine to assist it fend off Russian invaders, growing the whole American funding in conflict combating there to greater than $8 billion for the reason that invasion started in February.
President Biden licensed the newest package deal as the primary cargo ship of meals lastly left the Ukrainian port metropolis of Odesa after months of Russian blockade, in accordance with an settlement with Moscow. The White House known as on the Kremlin to proceed abiding by the pact in order to ease a rising meals disaster all over the world.
“Russia has, of course, weaponized food,” stated John F. Kirby, a spokesman for the National Security Council. “We urge Russia to meet its commitments under this new arrangement.”
Mr. Kirby stated that Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken; Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Jake Sullivan, the nationwide safety adviser, had knowledgeable their Ukrainian counterparts in regards to the new weapons shipments on Monday. Mr. Blinken stated in a press release that he was authorizing a drawdown of arms and tools from Department of Defense inventories for Ukraine’s self-defense.