On March 1, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said, “The U.S. Department of Defense announced a $125 million package of assistance to Ukraine in the security sector, which includes training, weapons and advisory services” to improve the country’s ability to resist Russian aggression.
The Pentagon also said that if the U.S. government is convinced that Ukraine has made significant progress in defense reform, the remaining $150 million in funding appropriated by Congress for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative in fiscal year 2021 will be made available. The additional funding for Ukraine is the first major action the U.S. government has taken against Russia.
The Trump administration did not previously pass this military assistance to Ukraine in 2019.
Recently Biden denounced Russia for the SolarWinds hack, an attack that affected hundreds of businesses and at least nine U.S. institutions. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday that Biden’s response to the hack would be released in a few weeks.
The Biden Family‘s ties to Ukraine have been under scrutiny and questioned since the computers of Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, came to light last year. But Biden denies making any policy decisions about Ukraine with his son’s business interests in mind.