Biden announces new military aid of 800 million to Ukraine | War in Ukraine

In a statement, Mr. Biden specified that this new tranche of aid will include equipment very effective […] already delivered to Ukraine by the United States, but also new capabilities tailored to the larger assault we anticipate from Russia into eastern Ukraine.

On Tuesday, the US president for the first time called Russia’s actions in Ukraine “genocide”.

I assured President Zelensky that the American people will continue to stand with the brave people of Ukraine in their fight for freedom.Biden continued in the statement, following a roughly hour-long phone call with President Zelensky.

During a press briefing, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby explained that the package of measures announced on Wednesday was designed to meet the urgent needs of Ukrainians in today’s fighting.

This new tranche of aid includes, among other things, 18 Howitzer howitzers and 40,000 artillery rounds, 11 Mi-17 helicopters, 500 Javelin anti-tank missiles, 300 Switchblade kamikaze drones as well as protective equipment against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear.

It brings the total amount of US military aid provided to Ukraine so far since Joe Biden took office to around US$3.2 billion, including US$2.5 billion since the start of the offensive. Russian, February 24.

Washington has been the largest provider of international military aid received by kyiv since last fall.

According to a list published last week by the White House, the United States has so far delivered or promised Ukraine 1,400 Stinger anti-aircraft systems, 5,000 Javelins, 7,000 other anti-tank weapons, several hundred drones Switchblade, 7,000 assault rifles, 50 million bullets and various ammunition, 45,000 batches of bullet-proof vests and helmets, laser-guided rockets, Puma drones, anti-artillery and anti-drone radars, light armored vehicles, secure communication and anti-mine protections.

Earlier in the day on Wednesday, the European Union (EU) for its part approved additional military aid equivalent to some 684 million Canadian dollars. In total, theEuropean Union allocated $2 billion in aid to help kyiv defend itself against Russian forces.

Slovakia last week agreed to send a Soviet-era S-300 air defense system to Ukraine after Washington agreed to its request to position a more modern American-designed Patriot system in Slovakia.

Moscow serves up a caveat

In an interview with Russian news agency TASS, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov reiterated Moscow’s warnings about Americans and other Westerners whose vehicles will transport weapons to Ukraine.

We warn that we will consider US and NATO weapons transports through Ukrainian territory as legal military targets. »

A quote from Sergey Ryabkov, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister

Attempts to slow down our ”special operation”, to inflict maximum damage on Russian troops and formations of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics will be harshly repressedhe threatened.

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