The United States Department of the Treasury announced on Tuesday a new economic aid package for Ukraine, this time valued at USD 4.5 billion, to “defend against the illegal war” provoked by Russia.
The United States Secretary of the Treasury, Janet Yellen, explained that these new funds will begin to arrive in Ukraine during the “next few weeks” to “strengthen economic stability and support basic government services”, including the salaries of public employees, such as doctors and teachers, hospital expenses and social assistance for the most vulnerable.
Yellen stressed that, “combined” with military assistance, these funds represent essential help in “Ukraine’s resistance” against the “unprovoked invasion” of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and that they come in addition to budget items previously sent by Washington, as well as “the immense courage of the Ukrainian people.”
Aid of this type that the United States has already issued since the start of the war, Yellen has remarked, has amounted to 13,000 million. Washington has called on its partners to continue to support Ukraine, while together sanctioning Russia “to weaken Putin’s war machine.”
“We encourage other donors to speed up their assistance to Ukraine,” Yellen said in this message, recalling that the US Treasury Department will continue to help the country with different tools.
For its part, Canada on Tuesday imposed a new round of sanctions against Belarus for “facilitating and assisting” the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The sanctions announced by the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs affect 22 senior officials and 16 companies of Belarus “involved in the military production, technology, engineering, financial system and rail transport” of the country.
“By allowing their territory to serve as a launching pad for heinous Russian attacks on Ukraine, Belarusian leaders are allowing the Russian regime to violate human rights in places like Bucha, Izium and Mariupol”, the Canadian government said in a statement.
Canada has imposed sanctions on tens of thousands of Russian and Belarusian officials as well as companies and entities from the two countries since Russia seized control of Crimea in 2014. Only since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February has Canada imposed sanctions on more than 1,500 individuals and entities from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.
(With information from EuropaPress and EFE)