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In remarks Wednesday, Biden is expected to announce $800 million in additional security assistance to Ukraine, a White House official told CNN, bringing the total to $1 billion announced last week.

The $800 million in security aid comes from the massive spending bill the president signed into law on Tuesday, which includes $13.6 billion in total new aid to Ukraine.

The amount of money the legislation includes for Ukraine increased during last-minute negotiations, from the $10 billion the White House had requested earlier in the month.

Aid to Ukraine is tied to a budget law that sets spending limits for the federal government for the 2022 fiscal year, which began in October. Lawmakers haggled over the full-year supply bill for months and passed three interim funding bills to keep the government going in the meantime.

The text of the 2,741-page bill was released last week and Congress passed the legislation before Friday’s deadline, avoiding a government shutdown.

how it will be spent:

military aid: About $6.5 billion, or about half of the aid package, will go to the US Department of Defense so it can deploy troops to the region and send defense equipment to Ukraine, according to a summary from the bill provided by the House Appropriations Committee.

The United States deployed thousands of troops across Europe before and during the Russian invasion of Ukraine. But sending troops on the ground to Ukraine, which is not a NATO member, is a line the United States and its Western allies have been unwilling to cross.

Humanitarian aid: More than $4 billion will provide humanitarian assistance to refugees fleeing Ukraine and internally displaced people in Ukraine, as well as emergency food aid, health care and emergency support vulnerable communities in the area, according to a fact sheet provided by the House Appropriations Committee.

Economic aid: The package will provide nearly $1.8 billion to help address economic needs of Ukraine and neighboring countries, such as cybersecurity and energy issues.

The law also calls for $25 million from the US Agency for Global Media, an independent federal agency, to combat disinformation in foreign news broadcasts. An additional $120 million will help support local Ukrainian activists and journalists and promote accountability for human rights abuses in Russia.

Learn more about the help package here.

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