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The US Approved A Measure That Helped Stop Hitler!

The US Senate approved reviving the “Lend-Lease” program of weapons to Ukraine, which streamlines the normal bureaucracy of military aid

NEW YORK – If it worked against Adolf Hitler, why not against Vladimir Putin: The United States has unanimously approved a measure that once helped defeat the Nazi regime.

The Senate unanimously approved legislation late Wednesday to revive a World War II-era program that allows President Joe Biden to more efficiently ship weapons and other supplies to Ukraine amid Russia’s bloody invasion.

Senate Leader Chuck Schumer after approval of special military aid for Ukraine

Senators quickly joined the proposal, known as Lend-Lease , after Ukraine’s military showed it could defend itself against Russian troops who have been shelling Ukrainian cities and towns since February 24.

The lend-lease program, created during World War II, was seen as a turning point in the conflict, allowing the United States to quickly resupply allies without slow procedural hurdles.

Lawmakers are resorting to extraordinary tactics last used during the most significant global conflict of the 20th century, another sign that the United States and its allies in Europe believe Russia’s invasion poses an existential threat to the liberal order.

It is also an indication that the Western world believes that Ukraine can now win the fight against the Russian invaders.

The US Congress recently approved nearly $14 billion in military and humanitarian assistance for Ukraine , much of which has already been sent.

The State Department this week announced an additional $100 million in funding for Javelin missiles and other materials, bringing total security assistance to $1.7 billion since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.

The need to resupply Ukraine’s armed forces has taken on greater urgency in recent days, as the brutality of the Russian invasion has been further exposed.

Massacre of civilians in Bucha, Ukraine

Faced with images of atrocities committed by Putin’s troops in Bucha, showing dead civilians in the streets with their hands tied behind their backs, US lawmakers reacted quickly to urgent calls from Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky in particular.

In a brief speech on the Senate floor Wednesday night, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called the massacres “pure evil ,” adding that Russian troops are carrying out “genocide ” in Ukraine.

“When innocent civilians are senselessly murdered because of who they are, whether it’s their religion, their race or their nationality, that is genocide, and Mr. Putin is guilty of it ,” Schumer said.

The Democracy in Ukraine Defense Lend-Lease Law of 2022, as it is known, will speed up the transfer of critical military equipment and other supplies to Ukraine by cutting red tape.

“As the war in Ukraine unfolds, delivering military aid as soon as possible is critical to Ukraine’s ability to defend against unprovoked attacks from Putin,” said Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, the top Democratic sponsor. of effort.

“The Kremlin is committing horrific attacks across the country against civilian infrastructure and against innocent men, women and children,” he added.

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