Biden called the crisis in Ukraine a “turning point in history”
According to the President of the United States, the events in Ukraine became the “first real battle” between democracy and autocracy in modern conditions
The crisis in Ukraine was a turning point in history that happens once every six to eight generations. This was during his trip to the Lockheed Martin plant in Alabama (USA), where Javelin anti-tank missile systems are produced, said US President Joe Biden, the broadcast was hosted by The Washington Post YouTube channel.
“We are at a turning point in history. Actually. This happens about once every six to eight generations, — he said.
According to the President of the United States, the events in Ukraine were the “first real battle”; between democracy and autocracy in modern conditions.
In addition, Biden once again called on the US Congress to approve additional financial assistance to Ukraine for $ 33 billion, and also stated the need to complicate Russia's access to the semiconductor markets. “Semiconductors are especially important for defense manufacturing capabilities. Therefore, we are acting in such a way that it would be difficult for Russia to gain access to them, — indicated by the head of state.
Russia has been conducting a special military operation in Ukraine since February 24. As its goals, President Vladimir Putin called the need for “demilitarization and denazification”; neighboring state, as well as the protection of civilians in Donbass from “bullying, genocide” from Kyiv (later he designated this goal as the main one). He also assured that Russia does not intend to occupy the territory of a neighboring state.
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After that, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky introduced martial law in the country and announced mobilization. Western countries, including the US and the EU, condemned Russia's actions, imposed sanctions on it, and also stepped up arms supplies to Kyiv.
In particular, on April 21, the US authorities announced that they were going to transfer another package of military assistance to Ukraine with a total cost of $ 800 million. It was supposed to include 72 howitzers, 144 thousand artillery shells for them, 72 tactical vehicles for towing, 121 Phoenix Ghost tactical drones, field equipment and spare parts.
On April 28, Biden asked the US Congress to allocate an additional $33 billion to support Ukraine. Of the total amount, $20 billion should be directed to weapons and equipment for military personnel, as well as the purchase and supply of other military equipment, $8.5 billion— for direct economic support, $3 billion— on humanitarian aid and food security, the White House specified.
As Reuters pointed out, since February 24, total US assistance to Ukraine has amounted to $ 3 billion. The amount of funds frozen under personal sanctions amounted to $30 billion over the same period.
The Kremlin considers arms supplies to Ukraine to be a destabilizing factor that will not contribute to stability and order in that country. Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov pointed out that a significant part of the weapons could fall into the hands of “bandits, Nazis, terrorists and criminals.” On April 25, Moscow sent a note to Washington demanding to stop supplying weapons to Kyiv.
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