US reveals another huge batch of military aid to Ukraine – Reuters

The United States will send an additional $300 million in military aid to Ukraine, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby announced Friday.

He added that the package will include laser-guided rocket systems, tactical switchblade drones capable of destroying armored vehicles, Puma surveillance drones, armored Humvees, munitions, night vision devices, machine guns, communications equipment, medical supplies and other items.

“This decision underscores the United States’ unwavering commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in support of its heroic efforts to repel Russia’s war of choice,” he added. said Kirby.

The secretary explained that the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative allows the US government to procure supplies and equipment directly from defense industry contractors, rather than drawing them from the Department of Defense’s own inventory. Defense.

The United States has so far committed more than $2.3 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since Russia launched its military operation in the country last month.

Earlier, British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace announced that Britain and its partners had agreed to send deadlier aid to Ukraine after a conference involving 35 countries, explaining that Ukrainian soldiers needed of different weapons depending on the tactics on the ground.

Last month, US President Joe Biden signed a government spending bill that approved $13.6 billion in military and humanitarian aid for Ukraine, while some members of the Senate demanded that United States spends even more to help the country.

Moscow attacked the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements signed in 2014 and Russia’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics in Donetsk and Luhansk . The Minsk Protocol negotiated by Germany and France was designed to regularize the status of regions within the Ukrainian state.

Russia has now demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied claims it planned to retake the two republics by force.

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