Biden signed a law on aid to Ukraine under the Lend-Lease program

The document expands the powers of the US president to conclude agreements with Kyiv and simplifies the supply of military assistance to Ukraine. The lend-lease program operated in the United States during World War II

US President Joe Biden signed a law on sending, among other things, military aid to Ukraine under the Lend-Lease program, a press assistant said on her Twitter White House Secretary Angela Perez.

She attached a photo of the President signing a document in the Oval Office of the White House.

Lend-Lease — a program under which the United States leased or loaned military hardware and equipment to the Allies during World War II. From March 1941 to August 1945, the United States transferred lend-lease assistance to the allies totaling more than $50 billion, of which about $11 billion went to the USSR

A bill on aid to Ukraine under the Lend-Lease program was submitted to the US Senate at the end of January, before the start of the Russian operation in Ukraine. It gives the President of the United States expanded powers to enter into agreements with Kyiv on the supply of weapons “to protect the population of Ukraine from Russian military invasion and for other purposes.” In general, the document speeds up and simplifies the delivery of military assistance to the country.

The expanded powers of the president cease with the end of the conflict, as well as with the reduction of Russian troops near the borders with Ukraine until March 2021.

The US Senate approved the bill in early April, the House of Representatives— in the end of April. After that, the bill was submitted to Biden for signature.

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State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said that the lend-lease program will lead Ukraine into debt. «Lend-Lease— this is a commodity loan, and not cheap: for all the ammunition, equipment and food supplied by the United States, many future generations of Ukrainian citizens will pay. Zelensky is driving the country into a debt hole, & mdash; he calculated.

At the end of April, White House press secretary Jen Psaki claimed that out of the $3.5 billion allocated by the US Congress to help Ukraine, $250 million remained.

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