WASHINGTON — The White House announced Monday that the United States will provide Ukraine with an additional $550 million in weapons to help it fend off Russian invaders, bringing the total U.S. investment in the war in Ukraine to more than $8 billion since the invasion began in February.
Under the deal with Moscow, President Biden approved the latest package as the first food cargo ship finally left the Ukrainian port city of Odessa after months of Russia’s blockade. The White House has called on the Kremlin to continue to abide by the agreement to ease the growing global food crisis.
“Certainly, Russia weaponized food,” said John F. Kirby, a spokesman for the National Security Council. “We urge Russia to honour its commitments under this new arrangement.”
Secretary of State Anthony J. Blinken; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley; and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan briefed their Ukrainian counterparts on the shipment of the new weapons on Monday, Mr. Kirby said. In a statement, Mr Blinken said he authorised the withdrawal of arms and equipment from MoD stockpiles for use in Ukraine’s self-defence.