The United States imposed new sanctions and tariffs on Russia and its allies on the first anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The sanctions will target 200 individuals and entities and a dozen Russian financial institutions across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
The US also plans to increase tariffs on more than 100 Russian metals, minerals, and chemical products, increasing costs for Russian aluminum. The US Commerce Department will take several export control actions and list nearly 90 Russian and third-country companies for engaging in sanctions evasion.
Additional Military Aid for Ukraine
The US will provide $2 billion in military aid for Ukraine, including more ammunition for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems and several different types of drones. The weapons will come from the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, allowing the Biden administration to get weapons from industry rather than US weapons stocks. The US has committed over $32 billion in military aid to Ukraine over the past year, including 8,500 Javelin anti-armor systems and 38 HIMARS.
G7 Allies and Ukraine Consultation
President Joe Biden will consult with G7 allies and Ukraine President Volodomyr Zelenskiy to discuss what more aid can be provided to the Ukrainians. The US joined with G7 allies to align measures on industrial machinery, luxury goods, and other items and issue new restrictions to prevent components found in Iranian drones from making their way to the Ukraine battlefield.
Resistance to Sending American Fighter Jets to Ukraine
There is resistance in Biden's administration's upper reaches to send American fighter jets to Ukraine. White House national security advisor Jake Sullivan stated that F-16s are not the key capability needed for Ukraine's upcoming spring offensive but more for long-term defensive needs.