The House of Representatives of the US Congress on Thursday, April 28, approved a bill on the supply of weapons to Ukraine under Lend-Lease. This is evidenced by the voting results.
Thus, the project, which provides for the simplification of the mechanism for the transfer of military equipment to Ukraine and European countries, was approved by a majority of votes. Now it will be submitted for signature to American leader Joe Biden. The bill was originally introduced by Republican John Cornyn (R-Texas) with a group of senators.
It is clarified that the project temporarily removes a number of “requirements related to the president’s powers to lend-lease defense equipment if it is intended for the government of Ukraine or other countries of Eastern Europe.”
Thus, the US president will be able to instruct the administration to “provide military equipment and property for temporary use to the government of Ukraine or the governments of Eastern European countries” that were involved in the Russian special operation.
Earlier in the day, it was reported that Biden signed a request to the US Congress for additional military assistance to Ukraine. According to Reuters, the American leader plans to ask the US Congress for another $33 billion to support Ukraine and European countries.
Also on Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova warned that Western weapons being supplied to Ukraine could end up in the hands of terrorists, just as happened with supplies to the Syrian “opposition”.
Earlier, on April 25, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, during negotiations with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, announced the delivery of another military aid worth about $465 million.
Prior to this, on April 15, the Investigative Committee of Russia reported that it had received data on the supply of weapons to Ukraine from 25 states, 21 of which are NATO countries.
Western countries began to actively arm Ukraine against the backdrop of Russia’s ongoing military operation to protect the Donbass, which Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on February 24. The decision was made against the background of the aggravation of the situation in the DPR and LPR as a result of shelling by the Ukrainian military.
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