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​U.S. House of Representatives Passes Bill to Provide $61 Billion in Aid to Ukraine

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U.S. House of Representatives passes bill to provide $61 billion in aid to Ukraine / Open source illustrative photo
U.S. House of Representatives passes bill to provide $61 billion in aid to Ukraine / Open source illustrative photo

Members of the United States House of Representatives have approved long-awaited military aid bill for Ukraine

On April 20, the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of several important bills. The allocation of aid to Taiwan, Israel, and Ukraine is among them.

The approved document on assistance to Ukraine provides for the allocation of almost $61 billion. The bill was supported by 311 congressmen, with 112 votes against (from the Republican Party).

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U.S. House of Representatives Passes Bill to Provide $61 Billion in Aid to Ukraine, Defense Express

All amendments opposing support for Ukraine were rejected. The bill is now to be considered by the US Senate.

About $23 billion are intended to replenish U.S. weapons stockpiles, $11 billion are to finance U.S. operations in the area, and about $14 billion are to purchase modern weapons and defense systems.

Ukraine is allocated $23.2 billion directly for weapons.

The document also obliges the US president to provide Ukraine with ATACMS long-range missiles. However, the head of the White House can postpone this decision if he believes that the transfer of these missiles could harm the national security interests of the United States.

The draft law includes provisions for the confiscation of russian assets, including a ban on unfreezing sovereign russian assets, and permission to use such assets for the restoration of Ukraine.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy has already thanked the U.S. House of Representatives for approving aid to Ukraine.

"I am grateful to the United States House of Representatives, both parties, and personally Speaker Mike Johnson for the decision that keeps history on the right track," Zelenskyy stated.

At the same time, U.S. President Joe Biden called on the Senate to approve the bill to help Ukraine as soon as possible to ensure that weapons are sent as soon as possible.

Earlier Defense Express reported that destroying russia's strategic aviation would not solve problem of Ukraine's air defense shortage.

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