He rightly rejected the invitation to start world war 3, opting instead for an “all of the above” strategy. On the armaments front, he had previously given up on sending planes to Ukraine because, contrary to the claims of his critics, they proved useless in the battle for kyiv. Now that the action has shifted to the Donbass region, Biden has responded appropriately. After sending an $800 million security assistance package the previous week, Biden announcement Thursday that he would send “an additional $800 million to further increase Ukraine’s ability to fight in the east”, which will include dozens of howitzers, 144,000 rounds and tactical drones. All of this was to start shipping within 24-48 hours.
Biden also reminded Americans of the vast amounts of other military equipment and critical intelligence offered to Ukraine. For every Russian tank, the president said, the United States sent 10 anti-tank systems. And by “facilitating the significant flow of weapons and systems to Ukraine from other Allies and partners around the world,” the United States has ensured that Ukraine has the weaponry necessary to maintain the fight and continue to push back the Russian forces, which few thought possible. Biden is about to run out of funds allocated by Congress and will have to seek additional funds.
In addition to weapons, the United States this week gave Ukraine an additional $500 million in non-military aid, bringing the total to about $1 billion in two months. Biden explained, “It’s money the [Ukrainian] the government can help stabilize their economy, support communities that have been devastated by the Russian onslaught, and pay the brave workers who continue to provide essential services to the Ukrainian people.
Meanwhile, Biden has implemented an unprecedented international sanctions regime that halts US imports of Russian fuel and commits Europe to weaning itself off Russian oil and gas. In addition to the series of financial sanctions added almost every week, Biden announcement Thursday a complete ban on Russian ships in US ports.
After some criticism for moving too slowly in accepting refugees, Biden is also stepping up US efforts to welcome Ukrainians. He has already announced that the United States will take in 100,000 refugees and launched a new humanitarian parole program, called “Unite for Ukraine”, which Biden says will “complement existing legal pathways available to Ukrainians, including immigrant visas and refugee processing” and “will provide a fast channel for safe and legal migration from Europe to the United States for Ukrainians who have a U.S. sponsor, such as a family or[nongovernmentalorganization”[uneorganisationnongouvernementale[anongovernmentalorganization”
Finally, Biden channeled and amplified the outrage of the world. He was right when he said Russian leader Vladimir Putin should not remain in office. Likewise, Russia is commit war crimes. And the United States possesses unified public opinion on the need to preserve Ukraine’s freedom and self-determination. Biden doesn’t mince his words: “Every American taxpayer, every member of our armed forces can be proud of the fact that the generosity of our country and the skill and service of our military have helped to arm and repel the aggression of the Russia in Ukraine.”
Biden has been clear that Ukraine’s battle is ours too. “The Battle of kyiv was a historic victory for the Ukrainians. It was a victory for freedom, won by the people of Ukraine with unprecedented help from the United States, our allies, and our partners,” he added. he said Thursday. He added: “Our unity at home, our unity with our allies and partners, and our unity with the Ukrainian people sends an unequivocal message to Putin: he will never succeed in dominating and occupying all of Ukraine.
At times, Biden seems particularly capable of conveying the moral exasperation of civilized people. “The past few weeks have seen a terrible human cost of Putin’s ambition to conquer and control,” he said. “About two-thirds – two-thirds – of all Ukrainian children have been displaced from their homes. More than 5 million Ukrainians have fled their country. It is an absolute scandal. The idea that this is happening as we approach the second quarter of the 21st century is just… (sigh). Yes, it is beyond words.
Biden warned it won’t be a quick fight, noting that “Putin is counting on us to lose interest.” He continued: “We will not diminish our resolve. We will continue to stand with the brave and proud people of Ukraine. We will never waver in our resolve to defend freedom and oppose tyranny. Such rhetoric may not rise to Churchill’s level, but it serves as an eloquent expression of firmness.
In our age of perpetual cynicism, distrust and discontent, it would be unheard of for an adverse party to recognize that an administration is doing just about everything humanly possible to confront evil. But this administration is. For that, Biden deserves a lot of credit.