US readying more weapons for Ukraine – media – RT World News

Other weapons worth $1.1 billion for kyiv are to be announced soon, US officials told Reuters.

Washington is finalizing a new military aid package for Ukraine amid its conflict with Russia, Reuters reported on Tuesday.

The announcement of the delivery of weapons worth an additional $ 1.1 billion to Kyiv will be made “in the coming days,” according to unnamed US officials, who spoke to the news agency.

The package should include HIMARS multiple rocket launchers and ammunition for them, as well as counter-drone and radar systems, as well as spare parts, training and technical support, the sources said.

The aid will be funded under the government’s Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI), which means material will be purchased specifically for Kyiv from US arms manufacturers, not levied on US stocks.

The package will come on top of more than $15 billion in military support already provided to President Vladimir Zelensky’s government by Washington since the launch of the Russian military operation in Ukraine in late February.

Moscow has long been critical of arms shipments to Ukraine from the US, Canada, EU, UK and some other countries, arguing that they only prolong the conflict and increase the risk of a direct confrontation between NATO and Russia.

News of the upcoming US military aid package for kyiv came on the day referendums on joining Russia were concluded in the Donbas republics, as well as in the Ukrainian regions of Zaporozhye and Kherson. Their results suggested overwhelming support for being part of Russia, according to local officials.

The United States has previously said it will not recognize referendum results, regardless of their outcome, and has warned of more sanctions on Russia if it “Appendices” these territories.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Tuesday that Washington had no objection to kyiv using Western-supplied weapons to target “Ukrainian Land” considered by Russia as its own after the referendums.

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