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Rep. Frankel Statement on Senate Passage of Ukraine Supplemental
Washington, May 19, 2022
Tags: Foreign Affairs
West Palm Beach, FL – Today, Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-21) released the following statement in response to the Senate passage of a $40.1 billion supplemental funding bill to support Ukraine.
“Today, we followed through on our promise to continue to help Ukraine defend its people, sovereignty, and freedom with a new $40 billion aid package,” said Rep. Frankel. “Last month, President Zelenskyy delivered an impassioned plea before Congress for additional assistance to fight back against Putin’s unprovoked brutality. The U.S. has helped Ukraine since the start of war. This funding will make an immediate difference in helping to ensure Ukraine has the tools it needs to fight for the future of the free world.”
Since the beginning of Russia’s unprovoked, full-scale attack on Ukraine in February, over 14 million Ukrainians have been displaced, with roughly 6.2 million having fled to neighboring countries and beyond. Over 3,000 civilians have been killed, including at least 200 children. This week, the Biden administration launched a Conflict Observatory to document evidence of Russian war crimes and other atrocities in Ukraine to ensure justice for victims and accountability for perpetrators.
The United States, in coordination with NATO and allies from around the world, has responded to these acts of aggression with crippling economic sanctions and substantial economic, humanitarian, and security assistance to Ukraine. Today’s Ukraine assistance is on top of an additional $13.6 billion emergency package that Congress passed in March.
Yesterday, the Senate also unanimously confirmed career foreign service officer Bridget Brink as U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine—the first person to fill the role since 2019.