US President Joe Biden announced a new tranche of aid for Ukraine in remarks from the White House Thursday, during a visit from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
He told Zelensky that as winter approaches, "the people of Ukraine are steeled against the trouble ahead, and the American people are going to continue to stay with you.”
Following his remarks, a reporter asked Zelensky if he’d received any assurances from Congress on funding for additional aid. Biden interjected, saying:
“I’m counting on the good judgment of the United States Congress — there’s no alternative," the US president said.
On the aid announced today, Biden detailed a litany of military support for Ukraine in its ongoing fight against Russia’s invasion.
“Today, I approved the next tranche of US security assistance to Ukraine, including more artillery, more ammunition, more anti-tank weapons, and next week, the first US Abrams tanks will be delivered to Ukraine,” Biden said in an expanded bilateral meeting with members of his Cabinet and the Ukrainian delegation. “We’re also focused on strengthening Ukraine’s air defense capabilities, to protect the critical infrastructure that provides heat and light during the coldest and darkest days of the year.”
Biden also offered a blistering assessment of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who he said mistakenly believed he would be able to crush support for Ukraine in a matter of months.
Biden went on to offer an optimistic assessment of American’s support for the country as it beats back Russian forces.
“Mr. President, the American people — Democrats, Republicans alike, families all across our nation, understand what Ukraine is fighting to defend — what generations of Americans have also stepped to protect and preserve,” Biden said. “It’s pretty basic: Freedom, liberty, and sovereignty.”