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CNBC: U.S. unveils $2 billion in Ukraine aid, new sanctions as G-7 countries push to punish Russia for a year of war 

* The U.S. announced a new $2 billion military aid package for Ukraine, along with sanctions and tariff increases on Russia, on the first anniversary of Moscow’s invasion. 

* The weapons package announced by the Department of Defense includes funding for contracts for HIMARS rockets, drones and counter-drone equipment, mine-clearing devices, 155-millimeter artillery ammunition and secure lines of communication. 

* President Joe Biden met virtually with leaders of the G-7 and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Friday morning to mark the occasion, one year after the group first met to discuss aid. 

* Biden made a surprise visit to Ukraine’s capital of Kyiv on Monday ahead of his trip to Warsaw, Poland where he delivered a speech marking the anniversary. 

WASHINGTON — The United States marked the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Friday by authorizing $2 billion in aid to Ukraine and ramping up sanctions and tariffs on Moscow in an effort to bolster Kyiv’s war effort. 

President Joe Biden and leaders of the Group of Seven leading world economies also met virtually with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Friday and agreed to remain united in supporting Ukraine as Russia’s onslaught continues. 

The countries have taken a leading role in sending military and financial aid to Ukraine and attempting to hamper Russia’s economy to limit the strength of its assault.  

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WNU Editor: The US Secretary of Defense is right …. US defense secretary tells CNN military aid to Ukraine will ‘change the dynamics’ of war with Russia (CNN). If it was not for US arms, the Russia – Ukraine war would have ended months ago. 

But there could be a heavy cost to giving Ukraine this aid should the US finds itself engaged in a war …. U.S. could face weapons shortage as it supplies military aid to Ukraine, war game shows (CBS). 

White House To Send Another $2B Aid Package To Ukraine  

US commits $2 billion in drones, ammunition, aid to Ukraine — AP

US Readies New $2 Billion Aid Package for Ukraine — Bloomberg

US vows to send more drones, aid to Ukraine on war’s anniversary — Defense News