The Biden administration is pledging $60 million in military aid to Ukraine, citing an increase in Russian military activity along the country’s border.
Speaking Wednesday in the Oval Office alongside Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, President Joe Biden said the U.S. opposed “Russian aggression,” and wanted a Europe “whole, free and at peace,” according to a White House pool report. The U.S. remains committed to Ukraine’s sovereignty, Biden told Zelensky.
A senior U.S. administration official told reporters that the aid will include “additional Javelin anti-armor systems and other defensive lethal and non-lethal capabilities.”
“Ukraine’s significant capability gaps must be urgently addressed to reinforce deterrence in light of the current Russian threat,” the Biden administration said in a notice to Congress, according to the Associated Press.
During the Trump administration, allegations that President Donald Trump withheld aid to Ukraine as part of a scheme to press Kyiv to investigate Biden and his son Hunter formed the basis of the first impeachment case against him.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.