Russia Warns of More Damage and Deaths After US Approves $61 Billion Military Aid Package for Ukraine

By Jace Dela Cruz

Apr 22, 2024 02:47 AM EDT

The US House of Representatives' approval of a $61 billion military aid package for Ukraine has garnered mixed reactions internationally, including a warning from Russia.

According to the Associated Press, Ukrainian and Western leaders had expressed gratitude for the much-needed assistance, but Russia warned it would "further ruin" Ukraine and cause more deaths.

TOPSHOT - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky delivers an end-of-year press conference in Kyiv on December 19, 2023, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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US Approves $61 Billion Military Aid Package for Ukraine

The military aid package, which includes $13.8 billion for Ukraine's weapons, has been hailed as a crucial step in slowing down Russia's advances in the ongoing conflict. 

However, Ukrainian commanders and analysts emphasized that additional support may be necessary for Kyiv to regain the offensive. The House's rapid bill passage of $95 billion in foreign aid, which also includes aid for Israel and other US allies, happened in a rare Saturday session. 

This bipartisan effort reflects a shift in stance after months of resistance, particularly from conservative factions, regarding renewed American support in countering Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

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Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Expresses Gratitude to US Lawmakers

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed gratitude to US lawmakers for approving the funding. However, Russia issued a stark warning, cautioning that the passage of the aid bill would exacerbate the situation in Ukraine. 

The aid package will go next to the US Senate, which could pass it as early as Tuesday. US President Joe Biden has vowed to sign it immediately.

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