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The Biden administration reportedly prepared another $800 million Send to Ukraine As part of a security and military aid package that could be announced as early as Friday amid fears of a possible attack on a nuclear facility in the country.
President Joe Biden He could authorize the funds through the Presidential Withdrawal Authority, which is the president’s ability to redistribute defense materials from the Department of Defense to foreign countries in times of crisis, which Biden previously used to help Ukraine, Reuters reported.
Reuters quoted “three informed sources” that the total aid package may change before it is completed.
The money comes as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned in a tweet Thursday that “the world is on the brink of nuclear disaster.”
“How long will it take the international community to respond to Russia’s irresponsible actions and nuclear blackmail?” asked Zelensky, referring to a possible attack on the Zaporizhzhya nuclear plant, The largest nuclear plant in Europe.
Rebecca Kovler, An independent consultant and intelligence expert on Russia told Fox News Digital that Russia was “likely” planning an attack or using the threat of an attack as a distraction.
“It is possible that Russia is either preparing a provocation to cause a nuclear accident, is trying to cover up something that has already happened, or is simply the one creating chaos and distraction before the UN Secretary-General’s visit,” Koffler said.
Agence France-Presse (AFP), a French news agency, reported that Ukraine is conducting nuclear defense exercises to “prepare for all scenarios” related to the nuclear plant.
Russia’s RT news agency has reported that Russia is also preparing for an attack, claiming that Ukrainian forces may fire on the nuclear plant and blame it for the destruction.
Biden used his presidential withdrawal power at least 18 times to help Ukraine — with a total of more than $7.2 billion in defense equipment and services — since August 2021, to help bolster Ukraine’s defenses against a Russian invasion.
“Through this operation, the United States is providing Ukraine with vital military assistance to defend itself against unprovoked and brutal Russian aggression, which amounts to internationally condemned war crimes,” the State Department said in a press release last month.
The State Department said earlier that the aid did not need congressional approval and could be dispatched within days or hours after Biden approved the measure.
The big number comes as Congress has steadily increased the withdrawal ceiling, from $100 million to $11 billion in recent years.
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