The US Senate approves nearly $ 40 billion in aid to Ukraine

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The United States Senate today approved nearly $ 40 billion in aid to Ukraine - the largest aid package since the start of the Russian war.

It includes military, economic and humanitarian aid and was voted in favor with 86 for and 11 against.

The bill aims to free up an injection of urgently needed funds. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin had previously warned that authorized funds for sending weapons to Ukraine would run out today and the bill was delayed in the Senate.

It includes:

$ 6 billion for security assistance, including training, equipment, weapons and support
$ 8.7 billion to replenish stocks of US equipment shipped to Ukraine
$ 3.9 billion for European Command operations
$ 9 billion for an economic support fund for Ukraine.
$ 5 billion to tackle global food insecurity, writes the BBC.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed US assistance.

In a tweet, he called the Senate approval of $ 40 billion in aid to Ukraine "a significant contribution to restoring peace and security in Ukraine, Europe and the world."21Media