US to send Ukraine $550 million more weapons

WASHINGTON. On Monday, the White House announced that the United States would send another $550 million worth of weapons to Ukraine to help it fight off Russian invaders, raising total US military investment there to more than $8 billion since the invasion began in February.

President Biden approved the last package as the first food cargo ship finally left the Ukrainian port city of Odessa after months of Russian blockade, in accordance with the agreement with Moscow. The White House urged the Kremlin to continue to honor the agreement to alleviate the growing food crisis around the world.

“Of course Russia is using food as a weapon,” said John F. Kirby, spokesman for the National Security Council. “We call on Russia to fulfill its obligations under this new agreement.”

mr. Kirby said Secretary of State Anthony J. Blinken; Gene. Mark A. Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Jake Sullivan, national security adviser, briefed their Ukrainian counterparts on the new arms shipments on Monday. mr. Blinken said in a statement that he authorized the removal of weapons and equipment from the stocks of the Ministry of Defense for the needs of Ukraine’s self-defense.