The United States will send another $550 million worth of weapons to Ukraine

The White House announced Monday that the United States will send another $550 million in weapons to Ukraine to help it fend off Russian invaders, increasing the total American investment in the fighting there to more than $8 billion since the invasion began in February.

President Biden authorized the latest package as the first food cargo ship to finally leave the Ukrainian city of Odessa after months of a Russian blockade, according to an agreement with Moscow. The White House called on the Kremlin to continue adhering to the agreement in order to alleviate the growing food crisis around the world.

“Russia, of course, has weaponized food,” said John F. Kirby, a spokesman for the National Security Council. “We urge Russia to fulfill its obligations under this new arrangement.”

Mr. Kirby said Secretary of State Anthony J. Blinken; General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan informed their Ukrainian counterparts of the new arms shipments on Monday. In a statement, Mr. Blinken said he was authorizing the withdrawal of weapons and equipment from the stocks of the Ministry of Defense for Self-Defense of Ukraine.

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