Biden announces new humanitarian aid to Ukraine

President Biden announced new humanitarian, development and democracy assistance to Ukraine and the surrounding region during a news conference on Thursday after a meeting of NATO leaders in Brussels.

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JOE BIDEN: And today, I'm announcing the United States is prepared to commit more than $1 billion in humanitarian assistance to help get relief to millions of Ukrainians affected by the war in Ukraine. Many Ukrainian refugees will wish to stay in Europe, closer to their homes. But we also will welcome 100,000 Ukrainians to the United States, with a focus on reuniting families. And we will invest $320 million to bolster democratic resilience and defend human rights in Ukraine and neighboring countries.

We're also coordinating with the G7 and the European Union on food security as well as energy security. And I'll have more to say about that tomorrow.

We're also announcing new sanctions of more than 400 individuals and entities aligned with-- in alignment with the European Union-- more than 300 members of the Duma, oligarchs, and Russian defense companies that fuel the Russian war machine.

In addition to the 100,000 US forces now stationed in Europe to defend NATO territory, NATO established, as you already know, four new battle groups in Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, and Slovakia to reinforce the eastern front.

Putin was banking on NATO being split. My early conversation with him in December and early January-- it was clear to me he didn't think we could sustain this cohesion. NATO has never, never been more united than it is today. Putin is getting exactly the opposite what he intended to have as a consequence of going into Ukraine.