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US prepares new arms package for Ukraine – Reuters – RT World News

The White House is ready for a massive delivery of heavy and long-range weapons to Kyiv, reports Reuters

The US government is reportedly preparing its largest arms transfer to Ukraine to date, with officials set to authorize an additional $1 billion in military aid, including advanced rocket platforms and additional missiles and ammunition.

The new aid package could be announced as early as next week, Reuters reported on Friday, citing three unnamed officials. That would bring total US security assistance to kyiv to nearly $10 billion since Russia sent troops to Ukraine on Feb. 24.

While officials said President Joe Biden has yet to formally approve the transfer, the current proposal would see $1 billion worth of weapons shipped to kyiv, including additional ammunition for the HIMARS rocket system, missiles ground-to-air NASAMS and up to 50 M113 armored personnel carriers, allegedly in “medical” variant.

A separate military aid package to Ukraine was announced on Monday, worth around $550 million, and also included HIMARS rockets.

Washington has so far sent a total of 16 HIMARS systems to Ukraine, longer-range platforms capable of hitting targets inside Russian territory. Although Moscow claimed to have removed some of the weapons from the battlefield, US military officials disputed the Russian account, insisting that kyiv’s HIMARS remained intact.

The massive new weapons transfer also comes after a Pentagon decision to allow US military personnel to treat injured Ukrainian soldiers at a major US hospital in western Germany, though the logistics of that arrangement remain unclear. , as the facility is over 1,000 miles away. from the Ukrainian capital and even further from active combat zones in the Donbass region.

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