US Congress revives WWII-era weapons programme for Ukraine | Russia-Ukraine war News

‘Lend-Lease’ laws handed in Home of Representatives will make it simpler for US to ship weapons on to Kyiv.

The US Congress has handed lend-lease laws that can make it simpler to export army tools to Ukraine, reviving a World Conflict II-era US weapons financing programme.

The US Home of Representatives overwhelmingly backed the “Ukraine Democracy Protection Lend-Lease Act of 2022” on Thursday by a vote of 417 to 10, sending the invoice to President Joe Biden for his signature. The invoice had sailed by means of the Senate with unanimous assist.

The measure revives a World Conflict II-era association that allowed Washington to lend or lease army tools to Nice Britain and different allies at little value. The brand new plan will assist these affected by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, together with Poland and different Jap European international locations.

Two months into the struggle, members of Congress stated they hoped the act would work because it did eight many years in the past by permitting US firms to shortly resupply associate nations with out having to clear bureaucratic hurdles.

“As we speak the Ukrainian individuals are standing on the entrance strains within the battle for democracy and towards tyranny, and the US wants to supply them with each doable measure of humanitarian and army assist,” stated Consultant Mary Homosexual Scanlon, a Democrat.

Airmen and civilians from the 436th Aerial Port Squadron palletize ammunition, weapons and other equipment bound for Ukraine during a foreign military sales mission at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware.
The US is transport superior anti-tank rockets, aerial drone weapons and ammunition to Jap Europe for distribution to Ukraine [File: Mauricio Campino/US Air Force via AP]

The lend-lease financing association permits the US to supply tools to Ukraine now, with only a technical requirement to pay at some later date, primarily giving it to the Kyiv authorities.

“Ukrainian forces have demonstrated unbelievable power and bravado, and we should once more function the arsenal of democracy and guarantee they’ve the total vary of assets essential to defend their sovereignty,” Republican Senator John Cornyn, a lead sponsor of the invoice within the Senate, stated in an announcement.

Earlier within the day, President Biden requested Congress to approve a further $33bn in assist for Ukraine, together with greater than $20bn for weapons, ammunition and different army help.

Biden’s request contains $8.5bn in direct financial help to the Ukrainian authorities and $3bn in humanitarian assist. It’s supposed to cowl the struggle effort’s wants by means of September, the tip of the US authorities’s fiscal 12 months.

“We’d like this invoice to assist Ukraine in its battle for freedom,” Biden stated on the White Home on Thursday. “The price of this battle – it’s not low cost – however caving to aggression goes to be extra pricey.”

Congress had beforehand authorised $13.6bn in army and humanitarian assist for Ukraine, together with $3bn for the US European Command operations bolstering American troops within the area and $3.5bn to replenish US shares of apparatus despatched to Ukraine.