US to send additional $550 million worth of weapons to Ukraine

WASHINGTON — The White House announced Monday that the United States will send an additional $550 million worth of weapons to Ukraine to help it repel Russian invaders, bringing the total U.S. investment in the war to more than $8 billion. dollars since the invasion began in February.

President Biden cleared the last package as the first food cargo eventually left the Ukrainian port city of Odessa after months of Russian blockade, in accordance with an agreement with Moscow. The White House has called on the Kremlin to continue to uphold the pact to alleviate a growing food crisis around the world.

“Russia has, of course, weaponized food,” said John F. Kirby, spokesman for the National Security Council. “We urge Russia to honor its commitments under this new agreement.”

Mr. Kirby said Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken; January Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Jake Sullivan, the national security adviser, had informed their Ukrainian counterparts on Monday of the new arms deliveries. Mr. Blinken said in a statement that he authorized a withdrawal of arms and equipment from the Ministry of Defense’s stockpiles for Ukraine’s self-defense.