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U.S. government to provide extra $186m for Ukrainian refugees

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The U.S. government announced it would provide an additional 186 million dollars in humanitarian aid for refugees that have fled the war in Ukraine.

“The additional humanitarian assistance for refugees in Ukraine’s neighboring countries supports the provision of food, safe drinking water, protection, accessible shelter, and emergency health care.

“Through the support of our international and non-governmental partners,” a statement by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.

Blinken noted the U.S. has provided nearly 293 million dollars in humanitarian aid to Ukraine and in the region since Russia started its invasion in late February.

He said that makes it the largest single-country donor of humanitarian assistance to Ukraine.

The top U.S. diplomat reiterated calls for an immediate end to Russia’s continuing war against Ukraine.

He urges Russia to facilitate humanitarian access and safe passage to those in Ukraine who wish to leave.

U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday also signed a bill providing Ukraine with 13.6 billion dollars to address Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and the impact on surrounding countries.

It is part of a 1.5-trillion-dollar measure funding the U.S. government for the year.

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