Biden, NATO allies pledge billions in new Ukraine aid

President Biden met with NATO allies March 24 to demonstrate unity with Ukraine and condemn Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified war.

During his first trip to Europe since Russia’s forces further invaded Ukraine, Biden announced more than $1 billion in additional U.S. humanitarian assistance for those affected by Vladimir Putin’s war. He also unveiled new measures to hold the Russian Federation leadership and its enablers accountable for atrocities in Ukraine.

“Putin was banking on NATO being split,” the president said. “NATO has never, never been more united than it is today.”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, left, and President Biden, center left, listen as NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a NATO summit to discuss Russia’s war against Ukraine at the alliance’s Brussels headquarters March 24. (© Evelyn Hockstein/AP Images)

The president made his remarks in Brussels on March 24, one month after Russia began what Biden called “its carnage in Ukraine” and following a meeting with NATO leaders. He later met with members of the Group of Seven (G7) industrialized nations and the European Council before heading to Poland.

NATO allies agreed to bolster their collective security, particularly on the Eastern flank, to protect member states against Russia’s potential aggression.

“We are determined to continue to impose costs on Russia to bring about the end of this brutal war,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.

People who fled the war in Ukraine rest inside an indoor sports stadium being used as a refugee center in the village of Medyka, Poland, a border crossing from Ukraine, on March 15. (© Petros Giannakouris/AP Images)

President Biden announced new rounds of aid to Ukraine and its neighbors, including:

  • $1 billion in additional humanitarian assistance to Ukraine and refugees in adjacent countries.
  • $1 billion in additional security assistance.
  • $320 million more funding to bolster democracy and human rights.

A father cries over his teenage son’s body at a maternity hospital converted into a medical ward in besieged Mariupol, Ukraine, on March 2. (© Evgeniy Maloletka/AP Images)

On March 23, Secretary Blinken announced that, “based on information currently available, the U.S. government assesses that members of Russia’s forces have committed war crimes  in Ukraine.” He underscored that the United States “is committed to pursuing accountability using every tool available, including criminal prosecutions.

“Every day that Russia’s forces continue their brutal attacks, the number of innocent civilians killed and wounded, including women and children, climbs,” Blinken said.

In coordination with the European Union and the G7, Biden also announced that the United States imposed sanctions on over 400 Russian elites, Duma members and defense companies. This was in addition to earlier U.S. actions and actions from other countries to hold Russia accountable, including sanctions and export controls.

“The United States doesn’t bluff,” Blinken said. “And President Putin has gravely miscalculated.”