President Biden sent Congress a whopping $33 billion request to provide additional aid for Ukraine. The funds are intended to supply the country with more weapons, as well as to provide humanitarian and economic support as the fighting enters its third month.

The request serves as a major move by the US to support Ukraine after the SecDef Austin announced that the one of the goals of the US was to see the Russian military incapacitated after the Russo-Ukrainian war over. Biden’s request also comes after the Senate passed a $1.5 trillion spending budget which included a $13.6 billion package in aid for Ukraine.

“What I want to make clear to the Congress and the American people is this: the cost of failing to stand up to violent aggression in Europe has always been higher than the cost of standing firm against such attacks,” Biden wrote in his letter to Congress.

The US, along with its allies, has opted to keep its troops out of Ukraine to prevent unwanted military escalation. However, Washington, together with several European governments, has begun shipping military equipment and weapons to Kyiv.

The US government alone has sent over 50 million rounds of ammunition, Mi-17 helicopters, tactical drones such as the famed Switchblades and Phoenix Drones, various armored vehicles, as well as anti-tank and anti-air systems to Ukraine. They have also offered to train Ukrainian soldiers, which are used to Soviet-class equipment, to be able to use Western-based weapon systems. Altogether, the US has already sent over nearly $17.7 billion in security and economic assistance for Ukraine.

“This war will not end easily or rapidly, but the free world is united against this brutal invasion, and we must continue to be in the best position possible to respond to a variety of scenarios,” said a White House official.

The Budget Breakdown

In a White House fact sheet, the Biden administration laid out its plans on where the requested $33 billion will be spent on.

President Biden signing the supplemental budget request for Ukraine (President Biden). Source:
President Biden signing the supplemental $33 billion budget request for Ukraine (President Biden/Twitter)

The majority of the fund, $20.4 billion, will be spent on providing additional military assistance to Ukraine and in US security efforts in Europe. This includes $5 billion in additional drawdown authority, $6 billion for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, and $4 billion for the State Department’s Foreign Military Financing program.  The temr “Drawdown authority” allows the President to send stockpiles of equipment meant for use by the US military to Ukraine.