WASHINGTON – Congressional Ukraine Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), Andy Harris (R-Md.), Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), heralded the allocation of a $150 million package for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, which will be used to help Ukraine better defend itself against Russian aggression.
In a joint statement released on June 15, the representatives said that, “As co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional Ukraine Caucus, we agree with the administration releasing $150 million in U.S. security assistance to Ukraine in advance of President [Joe] Biden’s meeting with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin. We were proud to increase funding for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative from $250 million in fiscal year 2020 to $275 million in fiscal year 2021.
“This security assistance to be used for counter-artillery radar, counter-unmanned aerial systems, secure communications gear, electronic warfare equipment, and training sends a clear message that the U.S. stands by our key ally Ukraine against Russia’s brutal aggression. These funds are critical to deter further Russian incursions on Ukrainian sovereignty and protect Europe’s eastern flank from Kremlin aggression that has already caused the deaths of over 14,000 and the displacement of millions more.
“We continue to demand the withdrawal of Russian forces from Ukraine’s territory. We reaffirm support for Ukraine’s accession into NATO and urge Ukraine to strengthen necessary reforms in the defense and economic sectors to realize its Euro-Atlantic aspirations and integration into Western institutions.”