The United States has approved the eleventh package of military aid for Ukraine, US President Joe Biden said on Wednesday. The US military support package includes, among other things, the HIMARS rocket artillery system.
“This new package will arm them (Ukrainians) with new capabilities and advanced weapons, incl HIMARS along with battlefield ammunition so that they can defend their territory against Russian attacks. We will continue to lead the world in providing historic aid to support the struggle Ukraine for freedom “- he wrote Joe Biden in a statement published by the White House.
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Although the president USA did not provide details of the new aid, US officials on Tuesday announced that the package is worth $ 700 million. Rockets for the HIMARS mobile missile artillery system will have a range of approx. 80 km. In addition to the missiles that the Ukrainians have been striving for a long time, the package will include, among others radars, helicopters and artillery ammunition. Details Pentagon is expected to announce on Wednesday.
Blinken: that’s exactly what Ukraine needs
– This morning, President (Joe) Biden announced a significant new military aid package to arm Ukraine with additional capabilities and advanced weapons. This is exactly what Ukraine needs to defend itself against the ongoing Russian aggression. This includes advanced missile systems so that (the Ukrainians) can hit key targets on the battlefield from a greater distance – said the secretary of state earlier Antony Blinken.
As he added, Kyiv made assurances that the new weapon – the HIMARS system – would not be used to strike against targets in Russia. The head of US diplomacy also rejected suggestions that the missile delivery could be viewed as an escalation.
On the other hand Jens StoltenbergGeneral secretary FOR THIS When asked – after a meeting with Blinken – about the Russian nuclear exercises and the Kremlin’s aggressive rhetoric, he said that although Russia’s behavior was irresponsible, no disturbing changes have yet been noted in the movements of Russia’s nuclear forces.
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