President Biden: US will send artillery and radars to Ukraine as part of “historic aid” Biden thanked Congress for supporting Ukraine's $40 billion aid package, noting that the country is effectively using the transferred weapons. The Pentagon announced the dispatch of 18 howitzers for the “critical needs” of the Ukrainian Armed Forces “Biden announced a new package of military assistance to Ukraine” />
The United States has already provided Ukraine with “historic assistance” On the security front, the White House is working to accelerate the delivery of more weapons and equipment to the Ukrainian Armed Forces after congressional approval of a new military aid package, US President Joe Biden said in a written statement. It was published on the White House website.
“Today, I am announcing another security assistance package that will provide Ukraine with additional artillery, radar and other equipment that they already use so effectively on the battlefield. These weapons and equipment will be sent directly to the front line,— wrote the American president.
Biden added that the $40 billion aid package approved by Congress for Ukraine allows Washington to replenish its own stockpiles of weapons, send more weapons and ammunition to Kyiv and support US troops stationed on the territory of NATO countries.
“I applaud Congress for sending a clear bipartisan signal to the world that the people of the United States stand with the brave people of Ukraine,” he stressed, adding that Washington intends to help Kyiv “both on the battlefield and at the negotiating table.”
At the same time, the Pentagon announced the tenth package of military assistance to Ukraine since August last year, this time Kyiv will receive support for $ 100 million. This amount included 18 units of 155-mm howitzers with the same number of tactical vehicles for towing guns, three AN anti-artillery radars /TPQ-36, as well as field equipment and parts without specifying their characteristics.
“The capabilities in this package are designed to meet the critical needs of Ukraine in today's hostilities, as Russian forces continue their offensive in eastern Ukraine”, — the Pentagon said.
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“The United States, as well as more than 40 allies and partner countries, are working around the clock to accelerate the supply of weapons and equipment necessary for the defense of Ukraine,” said US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.
In total, since the start of Russia's special operation, the US authorities have sent about $3.9 billion in security assistance to Ukraine, the Pentagon points out. In late April, Biden asked congressmen to approve an additional $33 billion for Ukraine to support “its fight for freedom.” “The cost of this struggle is not cheap, but yielding to aggression will be even more expensive,” — said the President of the United States.
The lower house of the US Congress, the House of Representatives, approved the president's initiative on May 11, increasing aid to $40 billion. 368 congressmen voted “no” —57. The Senate supported the initiative on May 19. Its consideration by senators was first blocked due to the position of Republican Rand Paul, who said that such an amount of support would increase inflation in the United States. His objection was overcome thanks to special procedural steps.
Russian authorities have repeatedly criticized the supply of weapons by Western countries to Ukraine. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that Russia would consider convoys with weapons arriving on the territory of this country a legitimate target for strike.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov saw signs of a “proxy war” in the supply of weapons to Ukraine. “If NATO, in fact, goes to war with Russia through a proxy and arms this proxy, then in war as in war,” — warned the minister at the end of April. In May, he expressed confidence that the West had declared an all-out hybrid war on Russia.
The Kremlin considers the supply of weapons to the Ukrainian authorities “pumping”. “These are the actions that threaten the security of the continent, provoke instability,” — stated the representative of the President Dmitry Peskov.
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