The US House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved a more than $ 40 billion aid package to Ukraine in a bid by Congress to avoid a break in defense aid and support the government in Kyiv, according to Reuters.

The bill was approved by 368 votes to 57 and sent to the Senate.

In late April,

Joe Biden

asked Congress to approve additional aid to Ukraine in the amount of $ 33 billion, but lawmakers decided to increase military and humanitarian aid.

White House

spokeswoman Jen Psaki

thanked lawmakers for their effective work and noted that the White House "appreciates the strong bipartisan support for President Biden's proposal to provide much-needed support to Ukraine in security, economy, and humanitarian and food matters."

"Along with the help of our allies and partners, our support has played a critical role in the victory of the Ukrainians in the battle for Kyiv and in defending their freedoms," Psaki said.

"Time is of the essence and we can't wait," Speaker

Nancy Pelosi said

in a letter to members of the House.

"This package, which draws on the strong support already provided by Congress, will be crucial in helping Ukraine defend not only its own country but also democracy around the world."

After sending the letter, Pelosi met with President Joe Biden at the White House to discuss her recent visit to Ukraine.

Earlier, the president asked Congress to promptly send the bill to him for signature.

Many lawmakers, both Democrats and Republicans, have said they will support the aid.

Democrats have little advantage in Congress, with Republican votes required for Senate approval.

Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States

Oksana Markarova

met with senators from the Democratic and Republican parties on Tuesday.

“It was a very sincere and clear message: their people are dying, they are running out of supplies and ammunition.

They urgently need our help.

Thank you for any of our help.

Please speed it up, ”said Democratic Sen.

Dick Derbin

.

The package provides $ 6 billion in security assistance, including training, equipment, weapons and support.

Another $ 8.7 billion is expected to be spent on replenishing US equipment sent to Ukraine, and $ 3.9 billion on US European Command operations.

In addition to these costs, the bill provides for an additional $ 11 billion that the president can use to transfer items and services from U.S. stocks without congressional approval in response to an emergency.

Biden asked for $ 5 billion for these purposes.

The document also authorizes the allocation of $ 4 billion in foreign military funding to support Ukraine and other countries affected by the crisis.

Since the beginning of the Russian invasion, the United States has supplied billions of dollars in weapons, including howitzers, Stringer anti-aircraft guns, Javelin anti-tank missiles, ammunition and Ghost drones.

The new package also includes $ 5 billion in humanitarian aid to address food security issues in Ukraine and nearly $ 9 billion in budget support.

Russia's war against Ukraine

  • At 5 am on February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a military operation against Ukraine in the Donbas at the request of the DNR and LNR groups.

    On February 21, during a televised address to the Russians, Putin called the so-called "DPR" and "LPR" independent states within the regions.

    On February 22, the Federation Council ratified the decision.

  • All the days of the war are shelling Ukrainian cities with missiles, flying aircraft.

    Russian troops are attacking, including from the territory of Belarus, using airfields, bases and roads.

    Representatives of the Lukashenko regime justify the war, the opposition considers the territory of Belarus occupied and calls for resistance to Russian invaders.

  • On February 27, the International Legion of Territorial Defense was established in Ukraine, and foreign volunteers were encouraged to join.

    Belarusians also entered there.

    During the two months of the war, four Belarusian volunteers and soldiers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces were killed at the front: 31-year-old Alyaksei Skoblya, call sign "Tour", 27-year-old Ilya Litvin from the Belarusian Territorial Defense Company of the Azov Battalion, Dmitry Apanasovich (call sign "Terror"). and Dmitry Rubashevsky "Hans".

  • On March 30, the UN approved the composition of an independent commission to investigate Russian war crimes in Ukraine.

    It included people who worked in the conflict in Rwanda and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

  • Contrary to Putin's claims of attacks exclusively on military facilities, the Russians are bombing schools, kindergartens and residential areas of Ukrainian cities.

    The Russians are using banned weapons, including cluster bombs against civilians.

  • The number of refugees from Ukraine has exceeded 5 million people.

    Poland received the most refugees from Ukraine - almost 3 million, Romania - about 800 thousand.

    Russia is listed on the third line with more than half a million people, but in Ukraine, based on conversations with the population of the occupied cities, they claim that people are taken there by force, actually kidnapping and often separating families, taking children.

  • On April 1, Lithuania became the first EU country to completely abandon Russian gas.

    Latvia and Estonia followed suit.

    Germany has promised to completely suspend the use of Russian oil by the end of 2022.

  • On April 2, after the liberation of the city of Bucha near Kiev, photojournalists published dozens of photos showing hundreds of the dead, victims of massacres committed by Russian troops.

    Many are buried in natural mass graves.

    The Russian occupation and Borodyanka brought great destruction.

    A number of rapes, including infants, are also known.

  • In April, the Russians launched a large-scale attack on the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, conquering about 80% of their territory, according to the head of the Luhansk regional administration Sergei Gaidai.

    Fighting is also going on in the Kherson region.

  • Fighting continues in Mariupol, near the Azovstal plant, which holds the Ukrainian army.

    Russia seeks to establish full control over the city.

  • In early April, Ukraine and Western countries estimated Russia's losses in the war at 15-20 thousand killed.

    The Kremlin says the figure is ten times lower, although Putin's spokesman acknowledged that the losses were "significant".

    In March, Ukraine claimed 1,300 of its dead defenders.

    President Zelensky said that the ratio of losses of Ukraine and Russia in this war is "one to ten."

  • The surviving Russian units withdrew from Kyiv, Chernihiv and Sumy oblasts in early April after failing to capture any major cities there.

  • In April, the number of missile attacks on Ukraine and air strikes from Belarus decreased, and Russian troops began to leave Belarus.

  • Since the beginning of the Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine, 26 media representatives have been killed - 19 journalists and 7 other workers.

  • On May 3, Russia launched a new assault on the Azovstal plant in Mariupol.

    People were killed in the bombings.

    Only on May 7, Iryna Verashchuk, Minister of Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine, reported that all women, children and the elderly had been evacuated from the enterprise.

    Most of the soldiers of the Azov Regiment remained, defending the city to the end.

  • Independent verification of information about hostilities provided by officials of various parties is not yet possible.

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