Biden Calls for Immediate Aid to Ukraine Amid Ammunition Shortage

Written by Camilla Jessen

Feb.23 - 2024 1:39 PM CET

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President Joe Biden urges the House to quickly approve new aid for Ukraine to address an ammunition shortage and support its defense against Russian attacks.

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President Joe Biden has called on the House of Representatives to quickly approve more aid for Ukraine, as the country faces a critical shortage of ammunition in its fight against the invasion.

Ukraine's Pressing Need for Ammunition

Biden pointed out that Ukraine urgently needs more ammunition from the U.S. to keep up its defense against Russian attacks, which are supported by Iran and North Korea.

"That's why the House of Representatives must pass a national security bill before it's too late. Now is the time for us to stand firmly on the side of Ukraine and unite with our allies. Now is the time to prove that the United States stands for freedom and bows to no one," Biden stated.

Following the Ukrainian forces' retreat from Avdiivka, Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that the reason why Ukrainian fighters "were forced to sacrifice themselves and die" is that Congress "is still debating the decision."

Recent Developments and Congressional Response

On February 14, 2024, Biden urged the Speaker of the House, Johnson, to fast-track the vote on an aid bill that would benefit Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan.

By February 16, a group of 10 House members proposed a compromise foreign aid bill offering $47.7 billion to support Ukraine.

However, on February 19, concerns were raised about the future of U.S. funding for Ukraine, with a military official reporting to Congress about the financial strains of backing Ukraine's fight against Russia in recent times.