Obama Rallies America To Help Ukraine Survive Putin’s Attack

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As Ukrainians continue to fight against the unfolding Russian invasion of their country, former President Barack Obama is among those taking notice. The scope of the disaster associated with the war is staggering and continuing to grow — thousands of civilians have already died across Ukraine, and untold levels of damage have been inflicted on the country’s infrastructure, making getting back to any sense of security once the war eventually draws to a close even more difficult. In the meantime, the number of refugees who have fled the war in Ukraine has surpassed 3 million, and that number appeared poised to rise — providing yet another startling view of the ongoing disaster’s scope.  Obama shared resources that could help those concerned about Ukraine find some answers — there’s a “need for all of us to support relief efforts,” the former president remarked. As he explained it: 

‘As we bear witness to the tragedy unfolding in Ukraine, here are three articles worth reading. First, a description of the scale of the Ukrainian refugee crisis, underscoring the need for all of us to support relief efforts. Second, a useful primer on why no-fly zones don’t offer a simple answer to stopping the bloodshed. And third, a reminder that in the face of brutal repression, there are ordinary Russians that are showing tremendous courage in standing up to a senseless, destructive war.’

Check out Obama’s thread — including the links he referenced — below:

Assistance for Ukraine has been pouring in from around the world. On Wednesday, President Joe Biden outlined $800 million in additional security assistance that the U.S. would be providing to Ukraine, bringing the total amount of security aid for Ukraine that’s been announced from the U.S. in just a week to $1 billion. According to the White House, the $800 million worth of new aid includes “800 Stinger anti-aircraft systems; 2,000 Javelin, 1,000 light anti-armor weapons, and 6,000 AT-4 anti-armor systems; 100 Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems; 100 grenade launchers, 5,000 rifles, 1,000 pistols, 400 machine guns, and 400 shotguns; Over 20 million rounds of small arms ammunition and grenade launcher and mortar rounds; 25,000 sets of body armor; and 25,000 helmets.” Outside governments are also keeping up the economic pressure on Putin’s regime with wide-ranging sanctions and steps like the recent U.S. announcement that Russia would be losing its most favored nation status designation within the U.S., which allowed for relatively free trade between the countries.