US Senate passes bill to provide Ukraine with lethal military assistance

United States of America Senate reports that it passed a bill that will provide lethal military and non-military assistance for Ukraine and expand sanctions against Russia. The bill is named Ukraine Freedom Support Act.

“Unanimous support for our bill demonstrates a firm commitment to Ukrainian sovereignty and to making sure Putin pays for his assault on freedom and security in Europe,” Republican US Senator Bob Corker said.

“The hesitant U.S. response to Russia’s continued invasion of Ukraine threatens to escalate this conflict even further,” Corker explained.

US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations added that the said Act also aims to “provide Ukraine with energy, defense sector, and civil society assistance, and expand broadcasting programs to counter Russian propaganda in countries of the former Soviet Union.”

US House of Representatives is yet to pass their own version of the bill. However, President Barack Obama is trying to block the passage of a House version. He believes the legislation is counterproductive and will create divisions with Washington’s European allies.