How $13.6 Billion in Aid From the U.S. Will Help Ukraine as Russia Invades

Congress is poised to pass nearly $14 billion in financial aid to support the people of Ukraine as Russian military forces continue their assault on the country.

The funding is part of a $1.5 trillion omnibus bill to keep the federal government funded and agencies operational through October. New details on the aid package emerged after the spending bill's text was released overnight.

The United States and European partners have teamed up to sanction Russia and provide support to Ukraine since President Vladimir Putin launched Russia's attack. The invasion, which began on February 24, has resulted in hundreds of civilian deaths and forced millions to flee the nation. But the White House has emphasized that no troops will be sent to fight Russians on the ground in Ukraine.

"I was deeply moved by our meeting with President Zelensky over the weekend," House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro said in a statement. "This bill responds to Russia's unprovoked war of aggression and vicious invasion of Ukraine with $13.6 billion in emergency assistance to support the people of Ukraine and their neighbors."

Here's a look at what's included in the package.

Humanitarian Assistance

The bill includes more than $4 billion to aid refugees fleeing Ukraine and the countries receiving them. Roughly 2.2 million people have so far fled the nation since the conflict began on February 24, according to the United Nations.

That amount includes $2.65 billion for the International Disaster Assistance account to provide emergency food assistance, health care and other kinds of urgent support for vulnerable populations in Ukraine and around the region.

There's also $100 million for Food for Peace grants to support food assistance and donations to the people of Ukraine and refugees.

Defense Equipment, Personnel

The Department of Defense will receive $6.5 billion, $3 billion of which will be used to support U.S. European Command operations and intelligence support and for deployment of personnel to the region. The other $3.5 billion will go to replenish U.S. military equipment sent to Ukraine.

There's also $650 million for the Foreign Military Financing program to bolster support for NATO's eastern flank countries and other partners in the region. These funds, according to lawmakers, will help "deter further Russian aggression."

Enforcing Sanctions Against Russia

The Department of Justice and the Treasury Department together will get roughly $120 million to implement and enforce the swath of sanctions imposed by President Joe Biden and the global community. There's also funding to crack down on sanctions violators and target the assets of Russian oligarchs.

The funding for the two agencies will also go toward combating cyberattacks and ransomware threats.

How $13.6B in Aid Will Help Ukraine
Congress is considering a nearly $14 billion package in financial aid to support the people of Ukraine as Russian forces continue their invasion. Above, people wait for a train to Poland at the railway station of the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on March 6. Yuriy Dyachyshyn/AFP via Getty Images

Economic Support

Lawmakers have set aside $647 million for macroeconomic needs in Ukraine or the needs of neighboring countries.

The bill also includes $30 million to help integrate Ukraine's electric grid with the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity. This week, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant was disconnected from the grid by Russian forces, prompting concerns about nuclear material still stored at the site.

Supporting Journalists, Combating Misinformation

The bill includes $120 million to support activists, journalists and independent media in the region, as well as to hold Russia accountable for any human rights violations. There's also $25 million for the U.S. Agency for Global Media to tackle disinformation about the conflict and ensure communication links remain open for Ukraine.