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The Biden administration has reportedly prepared an additional $ 800 million to be sent to Ukraine as part of a military and security aid package that could be announced as early as Friday due to concerns of a possible attack on a nuclear facility in the country. .
President Joe Biden could authorize funds through the Presidential Drawdown Authority, a president’s ability to reallocate defense items from the Department of Defense overseas in times of crisis, which Biden previously used to assist Ukraine, Reuters reported. .
The total aid package could change before it is finalized, according to Reuters, citing “three sources familiar with the matter.”
The funds came when Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned in a tweet Thursday that “the world is on the verge of a nuclear disaster”.
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“How long will it take for the global community to respond to Russia’s irresponsible actions and nuclear blackmail?” Zelenskyy asked, referring to a possible attack on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe.
Rebekah Koffler, a freelance consultant and Russian affairs intelligence expert, told Fox News Digital that Russia “probably” is planning an attack or is using the threat of an attack as a distraction.
“Russia is likely to be the one preparing to stage a provocation to provoke a nuclear accident, trying to hide something that has already happened, or is simply agitating to create confusion and distraction in front of the UN Secretary-General. visit, “Koffler said.
Agence France-Presse (AFP), a French newspaper, reported that Ukraine is conducting nuclear defense exercises “to prepare for all scenarios” regarding the nuclear power plant.
Russian news RT reported that Russia is also preparing for an attack, arguing that Ukrainian forces could fire on the nuclear power plant and blame them for the destruction.
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Biden has used the Presidential Drawdown Authority at least 18 times to assist Ukraine – totaling more than $ 7.2 billion in defense equipment and services – since August 2021, to help strengthen Ukraine’s defenses against the invasion of Russia.
“Through this process, the United States is providing Ukraine with vital military assistance to defend itself against Russia’s brutal and unprovoked aggression, which amounts to internationally condemned war crimes,” the State Department said in a news release. last month.
The assistance does not need congressional approval and can be sent within days or hours after Biden approves the action, the State Department previously said.
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The sizable figure comes as Congress has steadily increased the limit for withdrawals, from $ 100 million to $ 11 billion in recent years.