Biden approves $350 million in military aid for Ukraine

President Joe Biden

US President Joe Biden

President Joe Biden instructed the U.S. State Department to release $350 million in military aid to Ukraine on Friday as it struggles to repulse a Russian invasion.

In a memorandum to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Biden directed that $350 million allocated through the Foreign Assistance Act be designated for Ukraine’s defence.

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This is coming after the Biden administration took a rare step of freezing the personal assets of Russian leader, President Vladimir Putin.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that imposing sanctions on Putin “sends a clear message about the strength of the opposition to the actions by President Putin and the direction in his leadership of the Russian military.”

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