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US Senate backs $40 billion Ukraine aid package

The US Senate has overwhelmingly backed nearly $40 billion in aid for Ukraine.

The 86-11 vote gave final congressional approval to the package, three weeks after President Joe Biden requested a smaller $33 billion version and after a lone Republican opponent delayed Senate passage for a week.

Every Democrat and all but 11 Republicans backed the measure…

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