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The US House approves a $61 billion military aid deal for Ukraine

WASHINGTON: After months of delays, the House of Representatives voted Saturday in favor of billions of dollars in aid to Ukraine.

The bill faced strong opposition in Congress and required a fragile bipartisan agreement to ultimately pass the House of Representatives.

When the bill was passed, the House of Representatives raised the Ukrainian flag amid cheers from some members.

The $61 billion package was approved with 311 votes in favor and 112 against.

House Speaker Mike Johnson, a Republican, said he wanted to implement the measure even if it would jeopardize his position. After Saturday’s vote, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he wanted to personally thank the House of Representatives, both parties, and Speaker Mike Johnson for the decision to set history on track.

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“Democracy and freedom will always have global significance and will never fail as long as America helps protect them.”

The bill will now be sent to the Senate, which is expected to approve it in the coming days before President Biden signs it into law.

In a statement released after Saturday’s vote, Biden urged the Senate to pass it quickly “so I can sign it into law and we can quickly send weapons and equipment to Ukraine to meet their urgent needs on the battlefield”.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova described U.S. military aid to Ukraine as “direct support for terrorist activities.”

Ukraine relies on Western weapons and desperately needs this help in its struggle to contain invading Russian forces.