Biden Bypasses Congress With More U.S. Military Aid To Ukraine

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The U.S. Department of Defense has announced another $400 million in additional military assistance for Ukraine on Tuesday, including air defense missiles, armored vehicles and small drones.  The package will include for the first time U.S.-supplied Black Hornet surveillance drones; Ukraine has already received the drones through Britain and Norway.  Ukraine will also get munitions for Patriot air defense systems and National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASMS), Stinger anti-aircraft systems, more ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), Stryker Armored Personnel Carriers and a variety of other missiles and rockets.  The aid is being sent without congressional approval using the Presidential Drawdown Authority (PDA) which allows the president to transfer materials and services from U.S. supplies during an emergency. It is the 43rd military aid package sent to Ukraine since Russia invaded in February of 2022, with total aid valued at about $43 billion.