Biden asks US Congress for additional US$33-B aid to Ukraine

MOSCOW — US President Joe Biden had on Thursday requested the US Congress to provide an additional USD33 billion in aid to Ukraine. He also sought new powers to expand the kinds of assets that are subject to US seizure, and enable the US to transfer frozen Russian assets directly to Ukraine.

Biden said the expropriated funds will be used for financing a USD33 billion assistance package to Ukraine.

The US has provided armaments, including drones, anti-tank and anti-air munitions, and heavy artillery to Kyiv to fight Russia.

According to UN estimates, at least 2,829 civilians have been killed and 3,180 injured in Ukraine since Russia launched a war on Ukraine on Feb. 24, with the actual figure feared to be much higher.

According to the UN refugee agency, more than 8.3 million Ukrainians have fled to neighboring countries. (Anadolu)