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Russian vs Ukraine war: US offers major support to Ukraine as war enters third day

According to CNN, US President Joe Biden has directed the State Department to release up to $350 million in security assistance to Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government began an invasion of neighbouring Ukraine on Thursday.

Biden directed Secretary of State Antony Blinken to release up to $350 million in security and defense funding right away.

CNN says that this was contained in a new memo released by the White House late Friday.

According to an administration official, this is the third money drawdown; previous orders were for $60 million and $250 million, bringing the total over the last year to over a billion dollars.

The State Department is expected to issue its own statement with more details shortly.

This release comes after a 40-minute call between Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky earlier Friday, during which they discussed “concrete defense assistance.”

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