U.S. funds Ukraine


Samuel Corum

After several warnings of economic intervention from President Joe Biden, the president recently ended traditional ties with Russia. Biden signed a bill to donate billions to the country of Ukraine, and as the war continues, Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy seeks out Congress and President Biden for both government funding and civilian financial assistance. President Biden continues to offer his condolences and refuge for Ukrainian civilians suffering from the invasion.

Jasmina Buranich, Reporter

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin ordered his military to invade Ukraine on February 24. As the war progresses, the Russian Armed Forces damage Ukraine’s landmarks by launching missiles throughout the country. Despite President Putin warning countries not to tamper with or involve their military in the invasion, several countries donated money, military supplies and even asylum to the citizens of Ukraine.

“Whoever would try to stop us and further create threats to our country, [and] to our people, should know that [the] Russian response will be immediate and lead you to such consequences that you have never faced in your history. We are ready for any outcome,” President Biden said.

Political leaders across the globe discovered a way to render their service to Ukraine without involving their own country in a malicious war. On March 11, Congress advanced a 1.5 trillion dollar omnibus spending package for the fiscal year to fund Ukraine’s government until the end of September 2022, and the package won the vote of 68-31 to fund both defensive and nondefensive demands. The defensive package gained 782 billion dollars which included military supplies and a pay increase for Ukraine’s active military troops. The nondefensive package received  730 billion dollars which encompass agricultural, education and environmental aspects.

“Ukraine is not part of NATO, so [America does not] have an obligation to defend [Ukraine] and must be careful with how we help them, because [America does] not want to get dragged into a war that could easily become WWIII. That said, we don’t want to see an independent nation attacked along with the death and destruction that certainly follows. This is especially true if you consider deaths and injuries to citizens who are not in the military-especially women and children,” AP Government and AP Microeconomics teacher Steven Butler said.

U.S. leaders hold the obligation to keep their citizens safe, and can only support Ukraine with the war financially. Even though they put the United States at risk by financially inserting their country into a war standing at risk of turning dark quickly, they sympathize with Ukraine and feel eager to support their government and citizens.

The U.S. also implicated the Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act 2022, which provides 13.6 billion dollars in emergency funding for humanitarian and military aid to embark on the crisis in Ukraine. The U.S. divided the act into several titles, varying from agricultural development, military assistance and defensive supplies, financial and security services, housing, labor, education and other needs.

“The world is united in our support for Ukraine and our determination to make Putin pay a very heavy price. America is leading this effort, together with [America’s] allies and partners providing enormous levels of security and humanitarian assistance that we are adding to today and we are going to continue to do more in the days and weeks ahead. We are crippling Putin’s economy with punishing sanctions. That is only going to grow more over time,” President Biden said.