U.S. should send extra $12B in aid to Ukraine, Schumer says

  • In World
  • 2022-09-19 00:32:00Z
  • By NY Daily News

As Ukraine continues a major counteroffensive against Russia's invasion, the U.S. should send another $12 billion in aid for the embattled nation, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday.

"Ukraine has made significant advances against Russia in the war, the vicious war that Putin has waged against the Ukrainian people," the New York Democrat said at a Midtown press conference, referring to Russia's strongman ruler Vladimir Putin.

"I will be pushing for at least $12 billion in aid for Ukraine in the budget so they can continue to win the war effort," he added.

Ukraine is expected to dominate discussion at the United Nations General Assembly starting Monday in Manhattan - perfect timing, Schumer said, to reaffirm to the U.S. commitment to beating back Russia.

Russia diplomats are "going to hear from world leaders what an outlier nation - an outlaw nation - Russia is," Schumer said. "And that's another reason to make sure the Russians know more aid is coming and they're not going to win this war because the United States will back off or turn its back on the people of Ukraine."

Leaders of two of Russia's key partners, China and India, recently chided Putin over the invasion.

But as Ukrainian forces take back swaths of territory previously conquered by Russia, Putin has threatened to escalate the attacks.

"Russia is hearing our pressure," Schumer said. "Both China and India backed off on supporting Russia. So this $12 billion push is more important than ever."

He said new funding should be included in the annual federal budget that Congress must pass by the end of the month.

The U.S. has already sent nearly $16 billion in aid to Ukraine, according to the State Department, with the latest installment coming just last week.

U.S. officials have credited shipments of weapons like the High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or HIMARS, and the High-speed Anti-Radiation Missile, or HARM with shifting the momentum of the war in Ukraine's favor, Defense News noted.

Schumer echoed that assessment on Sunday.

"There's been strong Ukrainian counteroffensives, but it's only because of the weapons that we have gotten them," he said. "This is a critical time for momentum in Ukraine and Congress and the United States cannot let them down at this point in time."


More Related News

Russia shells liberated city in Ukraine, forcing hospital evacuations
Russia shells liberated city in Ukraine, forcing hospital evacuations

Escalated Russian shelling of the recently liberated Ukrainian city of Kherson killed 10 people, wounded dozens more and forced hospital evacuations, the...

Putin tells Russian mothers he shares
Putin tells Russian mothers he shares 'pain' of soldier deaths
  • World
  • 2022-11-25 16:57:07Z

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday told a group of mothers whose sons are fighting in Ukraine that he shares the pain of those who have lost loved...

Putin claims Russia "sincerely" hoped for reunification of Donbas with Ukraine
Putin claims Russia "sincerely" hoped for reunification of Donbas with Ukraine
  • World
  • 2022-11-25 15:28:19Z

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia should have annexed part of Donbas earlier, but it allegedly hoped that Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts would...

Yandex parent to review ownership of Russian tech giant, seek divestment
Yandex parent to review ownership of Russian tech giant, seek divestment
  • US
  • 2022-11-25 13:43:55Z

MOSCOW (Reuters) -Russian internet giant Yandex's Dutch holding company on Friday said it planned to divest ownership and control of most of Yandex Group...

Putin's meeting with mothers of soldiers turns out to be farce: women were selected from among staff of Russian-aligned governmental bodies
  • World
  • 2022-11-25 13:36:40Z

On 25 November, Vladimir Putin, the President of the aggressor country, held a meeting allegedly with the mothers of the military involved in the aggression ...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply


Top News: World