US Vice President Harris Pledges Support For Ukraine Until Achieving Lasting Peace With Russia

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 02/18/2024
President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine received a pledge from Vice President Kamala Harris that the US would back his nation until it could "achieve a fair and enduring peace" with Russia.

Harris met with Zelensky on Saturday before giving a speech at the Munich Security Conference. The second anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the ensuing conflict is quickly approaching.

Joe Biden and I will be with you for as long as it takes, President Zelensky, as President Harris said.

The vice president commended Ukraine for retaliating against Russian forces, citing that country as having "an economy 10 times larger than Ukraine, a population three times larger, and a military that once ranked as the second-best in the world." Despite this, Russia has suffered 300,000 casualties, or roughly 80% of the force.

"As we go, President Biden and I will never stop trying to get the tools and resources you need to be successful," Harris said. Additionally, we will keep helping you in your quest for an equitable and durable peace. We will endeavor to ensure that Russia reimburses Ukraine for its losses. Our ultimate goal is for Ukraine to become an independent, democratic, and free country after this conflict.

Harris made these comments in response to the Senate passing a bill pertaining to aid to Ukraine. The bill calls for $8 billion in "direct budget support" for the Ukrainian government, $14 billion for the purchase of weapons, $15 billion for military services, and $10 billion in humanitarian aid to be distributed amongst war zones, including Gaza.

Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) of the Republican-controlled House will then consider the measure; he has indicated that it would not pass. Nevertheless, Johnson reversed course and suggested that the United States use "all means possible to cut off Putin's ability to pay his unjustified war" after the death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.


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