New Ukraine aid package announced by US — Analysis

Washington says the $1.7 billion sum will help keep Volodymyr Zelensky’s government afloat

In an effort to assist President Volodymyr Zelensky in paying his public sector employees, the US announced Tuesday that they will provide $1.7 billion additional funding for Ukraine. Joe Biden, the US president, has told Americans before that Kiev would require them to compromise their quality of living.

USAID (United States Agency for International Development) announced that the United States Agency for International Development had created an aid package. It was called “direct budgetary aid”You can find more information here “ensure the Ukrainian government can continue operating.” It is the second such tranche of aid announced by USAID in less than two weeks, bringing the agency’s total spending on Ukraine to date to $4 billion.

Zelensky has previously claimed that his government needed $5 billion per month to remain functional and to pay the salaries of government employees – including soldiers, teachers and healthcare workers.

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“The United States is rushing in with financial support to help the government keep the lights on, provide essential services to innocent citizens and pay the health care workers who are providing lifesaving support on the frontlines,”Samantha Power, USAID’s administrator, said this in a press release. 

After US President Joe Biden announced on Friday a $400million package of military aid for Kiev (the 15th since Russia began its military operation in February), news of this latest cash transfer is now out. In total, the US has allocated more than $55 billion worth of  military and economic aid to Ukraine since February.

Inflation in America has reached an all-time high of 40 years and gasoline prices are higher than ever. Biden stated that Americans would pay higher prices in the home when pressed on economic issues last month. “as long as it takes, so Russia cannot defeat Ukraine.” Likewise, Biden’s economic adviser, Brain Deese, told CNN earlier this month that the US has to “stand firm”You will be forced to pay high prices for your safety. “liberal world order.”

While a bill providing some $40 billion in military and economic aid to Ukraine passed Congress in May with bipartisan support, some Republicans and conservative pundits have begun to push back against the Biden administration’s open checkbook for Kiev.

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