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The US Senate approved Ukraine’s $12 billion in new economic and military aid

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The US Senate approved $12 billion in fresh economic and military assistance for Ukraine on Thursday as part of a temporary federal budget extension through December.

The law, which received support from senators from both parties, provides $3 billion for military equipment, supplies, and wages for Ukraine’s armed forces.

It also gives President Joe Biden the power to order the US Defense Department to take $3.7 billion worth of its equipment for Ukraine.

Additionally, Kyiv receives $4.5 billion so that the government may continue to function and offer services to the Ukrainian people while maintaining the stability of the nation’s finances.

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It occurs as Russian President Vladimir Putin prepares to announce on Friday the annexation of regions of Ukraine held by Russian forces.

According to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, “seven months after the crisis started, it’s quite evident that American support has gone a great way to helping the Ukrainian people fight Putin’s terrible, brutal assault.”

However, the battle is far from done, and we must continue supporting the courageous and heroic Ukrainian people.

The federal budget’s short-term extension, which includes the Ukraine assistance, is set to expire on September 30 unless both parties in Congress agree on a full-year allocation for fiscal 2022–2023.

To prevent a partial government shutdown on Monday, the House of Representatives must first pass the extension, or continuing resolution, which will keep the government operating until December.

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