US to donate $350 million to Ukraine to strengthen its defence: Secretary Anthony Blinken

According to US Secretary of State Blinken, the US Department of Defense would deliver $350 million in urgent military support to Ukraine to enable it to defend itself against Russia’s unprovoked and unlawful assault.

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On Saturday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the US Department of Defense will deliver an extra $350 million in urgent military support to Ukraine in order to assist it in defending itself against Russia’s unprovoked and unlawful assault.

“US Department of Defense to provide an additional $350 million in immediate military assistance to Ukraine to help defend itself from Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified war,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated.

“I have authorized, pursuant to a delegation by the President, an unprecedented third Presidential Drawdown of up to $350 million for immediate support to Ukraine’s defence,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, Russia, a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, used its veto power on Saturday to prevent a resolution denouncing its aggression against Ukraine, while the United States imposed individual penalties on Vladimir Putin and his top officers.

The United States, which worked with Albania to draught the resolution, stated that while the resolution was unavoidable, the West wanted Moscow to be aware of its isolation.

Meanwhile, India, a close friend of Russia, joined China and the UAE in opposing the motion and calling for a quick stop of violence as well as the safe evacuation of Indians stuck in Ukraine.

On Friday, however, the vote was 11 in favour, with Russia voting no and China, India, and the United Arab Emirates abstaining, indicating strong but not total criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attack on his country’s smaller and militarily weaker neighbour.