Congress was just informed yesterday that Biden would send Mi-17 military helicopters to Ukraine to help them fight off the Russian invasion that’s been going on for months now.
But according to new reports, Biden has changed his mind and won’t be sending this much needed assistance to Ukraine:
In an about-face, a senior U.S. defense official says the Biden administration is no longer planning to send Ukraine Mi-17 helicopters, despite notifying Congress yesterday it intended to do so. Via @LucasFoxNews
— Jennifer Griffin (@JenGriffinFNC) April 13, 2022
Here’s more from Fox News:
In an about-face move the Biden administration on Wednesday decided against providing Ukraine with Mi-17 helicopters despite informing Congress of its intention to do so a day prior, a senior U.S. defense official told Fox News.
The shipment of helicopters was considered Tuesday as part of a new $750 million aid package to Ukraine as it braces for a major offensive in its most eastern regions by Russian forces.
The Mi-17 is a Soviet-era helicopter designed in the mid-1970s which was previously relied on by Afghan forces and can be used in an aggressive capacity.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki first announced the U.S.’s intent to send Ukraine Mi-17s in the lead up to the Russian invasion in January, though Fox News could not immediately confirm if this shipment was sent.
The White House did not immediately respond to Fox News’ questions on what other equipment will be provided to Ukraine in lieu of the Mi-17s.
The administration has provided Kyiv with more than $1.7 billion in security assistance since Feb. 24, and the White House is expected to announce its latest package this week, first reported Reuters.
The U.S. has sent a litany of defensive equipment including shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles, Stinger anti-aircraft systems, Javelin missiles, light anti-armor weapons, anti-armor systems and tactical unmanned aerial systems – including Switchblade drones armed with tank-busting warheads.
The U.S. has refused to provide warplanes to Kyiv despite Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s repeated requests for such aerial defenses.
The U.S. has voiced concern that providing warplanes could be aggressively interpreted by Russian President Vladimir Putin and spread the conflict beyond Ukraine’s borders.
Once again our cowardly president backs down from sending the air support that Ukraine truly needs because he’s afraid of Russia. Like always.
It’s no wonder that Putin waits for Democrats to get into the Oval Office before he decides to mount invasions. He knows they don’t have the courage to do what’s really needed to stop him.
And leftists wanted you to believe that Putin hoped for Trump to win. Yeah, that’s laughable.