The US Congress revives the “Lend-Lease” program for Ukraine during the Second World War 2022-04-28 15:42:00


Service personnel of the Ukrainian Armed Forces fire a Javelin anti-tank missile during exercises at a training ground at an undisclosed location in Ukraine, in this photo posted on February 18, 2022. Ukrainian Joint Forces Operational Press Service / Posted via REUTERS / File Photo

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly backed legislation that would make it easier to export military equipment to Ukraine and revive the “lend-lease law” that helped defeat Hitler during World War Two.

The House of Representatives passed the “Lend for the Defense of Ukrainian Democracy Act 2022” by 417-10, three weeks after it passed through the Senate with unanimous support. After that he goes to the White House until President Joe Biden signs the bill.

The measure revives a World War Two-era program that allowed Washington to loan or lease military equipment to US allies. In this case, he will help those affected by the Russian invasion, such as Poland and other Eastern European countries, as well as Ukraine.

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Two months after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, members of Congress hoped the law would work as it did eight decades ago by allowing US companies to quickly resupply partner countries without having to clear bureaucratic hurdles.

“Today the Ukrainian people are on the front lines in the struggle for democracy and against authoritarianism, and the United States needs to provide them with every possible measure of humanitarian and military assistance,” Democratic Representative Mary Jay Scanlon said, urging support for the bill. .

Among other provisions, the bill would allow the United States to supply equipment to Ukraine now, with only a technical requirement to pay later, essentially giving it to the Kyiv government.

Republican Senator John Cornyn, one of the main sponsors of the bill in the Senate, said in a statement.

The House passed the legislation on the same day Biden asked Congress to approve an additional $33 billion for Ukraine, including more than $20 billion for arms, ammunition and other military aid. Read more

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(Reporting by Patricia Gingerly) Editing by Bill Bercrot

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