The initiative was previously approved by the US Congress. “On Friday, September 30, 2022, the President signed into law the Continuing Appropriations and Ukrainian Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2023″ which provides federal agencies with funds through December 16, 2022 for fiscal year 2023 to continue federal government projects and activities. and includes additional resources to respond to the situation in Ukraine,” the White House said in a press release.
The bill to continue funding the government had to be approved by both houses of Congress before midnight Friday local time, otherwise a partial government shutdown would occur.
The bill would also allow the US leader to authorize the transfer of $3.7 billion worth of arms from US stockpiles to Ukraine to support the country’s armed forces.
On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the launch of a special military operation in response to a request for help from the leaders of the two Donbas republics. He emphasized that Moscow had no goal of occupying Ukrainian territories and instead planned to demilitarize and de-Nazify the country.
The West retaliated with sweeping sanctions against Russia. Western countries also supply weapons and military equipment to Kyiv. A number of Western politicians recognized that it was effectively an economic war against Russia.
On March 16, Putin stated that the Western policy of sanctions against Moscow has all the signs of aggression, adding that the policy of deterring Russia is a long-term strategy of the West.