United States: Congress votes to resume aid to Ukraine

After months of blockage, the American House of Representatives adopted a $61 billion aid plan on Saturday April 20 to support kyiv.

United States: Congress votes to resume aid to Ukraine

After months of blockage, the American House of Representatives adopted a $61 billion aid plan on Saturday April 20 to support kyiv.

The United States will resume its military aid to Ukraine. After weeks of procrastination, the House of Representatives adopted, on Saturday April 20, by a large majority, a series of bills to support kyiv in its war against Russia. In a House with a narrow Republican majority, the vote on Ukraine thus obtained 311 votes (210 Democrats and 101 Republicans) for and 112 against.

The US Senate is expected to approve the bill starting Tuesday, April 23. The final text should make it possible to “immediately” resume deliveries of military equipment to kyiv, which has been in difficulty for months in the face of the Russian offensive. The United States is kyiv's main military backer, but Congress has not passed a large package for its ally in nearly a year and a half due to differences in the opposition.

The plan presented by the House of Representatives calls for $61 billion in aid for Ukraine, the amount requested by the White House. More than a third of the amount will be used to replenish American arms stocks. Around ten billion dollars in economic assistance would be provided to kyiv and its neighbors in the form of loans.

Joe Biden welcomed “crucial aid” on Saturday, at the “meeting of history”. American aid “will save thousands and thousands of lives,” said Volodymyr Zelensky. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also welcomed the vote of the House of Representatives, assuring that the support of the allies “strengthens the security of us all, in Europe and North America”. The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, welcomed the approval of the aid program for Ukraine on Saturday. “This sends a clear message to the Kremlin: those who believe in freedom and the United Nations Charter will continue to support Ukraine and its people,” he wrote on X. For its part, the Kremlin has denounced an American vote that “will kill even more Ukrainians because of the Kiev regime.”

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