The United States is increasing its humanitarian assistance in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine by welcoming 100,000 Ukrainian refugees and providing an additional $1 billion in food, medicine, water and other supplies, the White House announced on Thursday.
The U.S. also announced plans to expand its sanctions on Russia, targeting members of the country’s parliament and the central bank’s gold reserves.
The initiatives come as President Joe Biden and world leaders gathered in Brussels for summits concerning the Russian invasion of Ukraine. In addition to the NATO summit, Brussels is also hosting separate summits of the Group of Seven industrialized nations and the EU. President Biden is attending all three meetings and will hold a news conference afterward.