The arguments put forward are that the war started by Russia last February is ongoing and shows no signs of stopping. The White House has allocated $6 billion to assist Ukraine, NATO and European allies “through priority funding to enhance the capabilities and readiness of United States, allied and partner forces in the face of continued Russian aggression,” the budget document said.
The budget also includes $63.1 billion for the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which is nearly $5 million more than last year’s adopted budget.
According to the State Department, $1.7 billion will be allocated to support Ukraine and other partners affected by Russia’s war.
The requested aid for Ukraine also includes $753 million to help the country “combat Russia’s malign influence and address emerging needs related to security, energy, cybersecurity, disinformation, macroeconomic stabilization, and civil society resilience.”
The White House’s request underscores the U.S. commitment to support Ukraine for as long as necessary.
“This budget reinforces our commitment to confront global challenges and keep America safe,” Biden wrote as part of the budget presentation, quoted by the Kyiv Independent.
“It outlines key investments to compete with China globally and continue to support Ukraine in the face of unprovoked Russian aggression.” Since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
The US has provided more than $75 billion in humanitarian, financial and military aid to Kiev, according to the Kiel Institute for World Economics. Of that total, the Biden administration has directed more than $31 billion to support the security of Ukraine and NATO allies, according to the Congressional Research Service.