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US should send additional $12 billion in aid to Ukraine, says Schumer

As Ukraine continues a major counteroffensive against Russia’s invasion, the United States should send another $12 billion in aid to the beleaguered nation, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday.

“Ukraine has made significant progress against Russia in the war, the fierce war that Putin has waged against the Ukrainian people,” the New York Democrat said at a Midtown news conference, referring to Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.

“I will push 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 the discussion at the United Nations General Assembly starting Monday in Manhattan, the perfect time, Schumer said, to reaffirm the US commitment to push Russia back.

Russian diplomats “will 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 help is coming and they’re not going to win this war because the United States will back down or turn its back on the people of Ukraine.”

The leaders of two of Russia’s key partners, China and India, recently rebuked Putin for the invasion.

But as Ukrainian forces retake swathes of territory previously conquered by Russia, Putin has threatened to step up the attacks.

“Russia is listening to our pressure,” Schumer said. “Both China and India backtracked on their support for Russia. So this $12 billion push is more important than ever.”

He said new funds must be included in the annual federal budget that Congress must approve at the end of the month.

The United States has already sent nearly $16 billion in aid to Ukraine, according to the State Department, and the latest installation was done last week.

U.S. officials have credited shipments of weapons such as the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or HIMARS, and the High Velocity Anti-Radiation Missile, or HARM, with shifting the momentum of the war in favor of Ukraine, Defense News indicated.

Schumer echoed that assessment on Sunday.

“There have been strong Ukrainian counter-offensives, but it is only because of weapons that we have got them,” he said. “This is a critical time for momentum in Ukraine and Congress, and the United States cannot let them down right now.”

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