(Washington) The United States announced Friday that it will provide Ukraine with $820 million in new military aid, including new surface-to-air missile systems and counter-artillery radars, to address strong Russia’s reliance on long-range strikes in the US to respond to war.
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In recent days, Russia has fired dozens of missiles over Ukraine, pinning down Ukrainian forces with continuous fire, sometimes for hours.
Ukrainian leaders have publicly urged Western allies to quickly send more ammunition and advanced systems that will help fill the gap in equipment and manpower. They argue they need help from Western allies to hold off larger, heavily equipped Russian forces.
Overall, the United States has pledged more than $8.8 billion in arms and military training to Ukraine. About 7 billion of that aid has been announced since the Russian invasion in February.
“We will support Ukraine for as long as it takes,” President Joe Biden said at a news conference at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in Madrid this week. He argued that Russia had already suffered a blow to its international image and significant damage to its economy from Western sanctions imposed since the invasion.
The United States is giving Ukrainians “the ability” to “continue to resist Russian aggression,” Biden argued. So I don’t know how it will end, but it will not end with Russia defeating Ukraine in Ukraine. »
As part of this new package of measures, the United States will purchase two systems known as NASAMS, a Norwegian-developed anti-aircraft system that will be used to protect the airspace around the White House and Capitol in Washington. The Pentagon will also supply the Ukrainians with up to 150,000 rounds of 155mm artillery.
The Pentagon will also provide additional ammunition for the medium-range missile systems it delivered to Ukraine in June, known as High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS). The ammunition will come from the Department of Defense’s own inventory under the so-called Retirement Authority. This is the 14the Batch of weapons and military equipment transferred to Ukraine from the stocks of the Ministry of Defense since August 2021.
According to Western officials and analysts, the war has turned into a stalemate with both sides relying heavily on artillery. While Russia has failed in its initial goal of overthrowing the Ukrainian government, it is making slow progress in conquering Ukraine’s eastern region, the Donbass.