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Russia this week warned the United States and NATO that there could be ‘unforeseeable consequences’ if they continue to send ‘sensitive’ weapons to Ukraine as it prepares to launch an offensive massive land strike in eastern Ukraine, according to a report on Friday.
The Biden administration announced on Wednesday that an additional $800 million in security aid would be sent to Ukraine, including artillery, coastal defense drones, armored anti-aircraft and anti-tank vehicles and Mi-17 helicopters. .
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Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said US-approved defense systems ‘reflect the kind of fighting the Ukrainians expect to face’ as Russia focuses on eastern Ukraine.
The announcement came a month after President Biden approved a separate $800 million arms package for Kyiv.
But Moscow disputes the sophisticated systems with which the United States and NATO countries are arming Ukraine and, in a diplomatic move this week, accused the United States of “fueling” its war, d first reported the Washington Post on Friday.
The State Department did not immediately respond to questions from Fox News.
The United States has provided approximately $2.7 billion in security assistance to Ukraine, including $1.7 billion since the invasion began.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has repeatedly called for more aid to be delivered more quickly from allied countries as kyiv prepares for what defense officials have warned will be an even tougher fight brutal in the Donbass.
A senior US defense official told reporters this week that the United States had been providing defensive aid to Ukraine at “unprecedented speed” and noted that it only takes a week from when Biden signs an aid package and the moment it falls into the hands of Ukraine.
Complete delivery of a weapons package takes about four weeks.
“I would call back [you] that we load up front. Each shipment contains a mixture of onboard equipment,” the official said, noting that the latest shipment contained surface-to-air defenses like Javelin and Stinger missiles, as well as Switchblade drones armed with anti-tank warheads.
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After failing to take the Ukrainian capital, Russia has refocused its war efforts on the eastern regions of Luhansk and Donetsk where Russian-backed separatists have been fighting for eight years.
Defense officials said they believed all Russian ground forces were now in the Donbass region, but warned Moscow’s major offensive had yet to begin.