Joe Biden 'assured' about continued navy assist to kyiv | EUROtoday

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Lhe American president apparently desires to be reassuring. Joe Biden indicated, Saturday night, February 17, that he had informed his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky of his “confidence” within the continuation of American navy assist to kyiv, at present blocked in Congress.

“I spoke to Zelensky this afternoon to let him know that I am confident that we are going to have this money,” the American head of state informed reporters because the Ukrainian president launched in Munich a urgent enchantment to Westerners to ship extra weapons after Russia claimed “total control” of the city of Avdiïvka, within the east of its nation.

The White House National Security Council had estimated earlier on Saturday that the Ukrainian withdrawal and the autumn of the city of Avdiïvka had been proof of the “cost of inaction” of the American Congress.

An “absurd” blockage

“I will fight so that they (the Ukrainians) have the ammunition they need,” assured the Democratic president. Joe Biden known as the continued blocking of navy assist by Congress – whose House of Representatives has a slender Republican majority – “absurd” and “unethical”.

Without a resumption of American navy help, the chief additionally spoke of his fears that one other Ukrainian metropolis would fall into the arms of Russian armed forces. The spokesperson for the National Security Council, Adrienne Watson, known as on American parliamentarians to approve “without delay” this help of 60 billion {dollars}, after the good symbolic navy victory of Moscow for the reason that failure of the counter-offensive of Kiev launched final summer time.

READ ALSO France proclaims “up to 3 billion euros” in extra navy assist to UkraineUkraine has been hoping for months for the vote on this important assist determined by the administration of Joe Biden, campaigning for a second time period, however hampered by Republican opposition in Congress, below the affect of Donald Trump. In the occasion of failure, this could quantity to “giving a gift to Putin”, US Vice-President Kamala Harris had already warned on Friday in Munich, throughout the annual worldwide safety convention.

The withdrawal of Avdiïvka, a “fair decision”

The resolution to withdraw from Avdiivka was taken by kyiv after months of intense combating and intensifying assaults by Russian forces to overcome this metropolis since October, inflicting quite a few losses and destruction.

Faced with a scarcity of ammunition and numerically inferior on the battlefield, the Ukrainian forces introduced their withdrawal throughout the night time from Friday to Saturday. It was a “just decision” to “save as many lives as possible”, President Volodymyr Zelensky justified in Munich.