How much the U.S. has spent on aid to Ukraine
The United States has committed an increasing amount of foreign assistance to Ukraine over the years — with no other European or Eurasian nation receiving more since 2015, according to data from ForeignAssistance.gov.
The big picture: When it comes to military support in particular, the U.S. committed to more than $600 million just last year — and more than $2.7 billion since 2014. With the current threat from Russia, Ukraine — and Congress — are now pushing for more.
Driving the news: A second shipment of U.S. arms arrived in Ukraine on Sunday.
- The weapons were part of the $200 million authorized by President Biden in December, separate from the $400 million that had already been obligated last year.
- The U.S. also recently authorized NATO countries to transfer weapons to Ukraine that were originally made in the U.S.
- Up to 8,500 U.S. troops are on "heightened alert" and prepared to deploy to help NATO in Eastern Europe if needed, Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby told reporters on Monday.
What to watch: The Ukrainian military has improved since 2014, but it would still be no match for a full-scale Russian invasion, writes Axios' Zachary Basu.
- The U.S. and its allies are hoping Western arms and training — in addition to the threat of sanctions — will help deter Russian President Vladimir Putin from invading.