Biden authorizes $200M more for Ukraine military aid

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President Biden authorized $200 million in new security assistance to Ukraine, a White House official told Fox News, bringing total defense aid for Ukraine to $1.2 billion in the last year.

Biden's authorization comes after a public disagreement with Poland on sending fighter jets to Ukraine. The U.S. has been flowing weapons into Ukraine but balked at transferring MiGs, saying Russia would see such a move as escalatory.

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Nonetheless, Moscow warned Saturday that it views any weapons deliveries into Ukraine as "legitimate targets."

President Biden speaks at an event in the East Room of the White House, Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, in Washington.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Russia "warned the U.S. that pumping weapons from a number of countries it orchestrates isn’t just a dangerous move, it’s an action that makes those convoys legitimate targets."

Congress this week approved $13.6 billion in additional aid, which includes $6.5 billion for the costs of sending troops and weapons to Eastern Europe and $6.8 billion for refugees and economic aid. Biden plans to sign the spending bill with the additional aid when he receives it next week.

The war in Ukraine is in its 17th day, with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy saying for the first time Saturday that an estimated 1,300 Ukrainians have been killed by Russia. Zelenskyy also claimed that 500-600 Russian troops had surrendered Friday.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Patrick Ward Fox News