The US announced new military aid to Ukraine for over 2 billion dollars

The United States announced today that it is providing Ukraine with a new package of military aid. It totals more than $2 billion, AFP reported, citing the Pentagon. The aid specifically includes “key air defense systems to help Ukraine protect its population, as well as armored infantry fighting vehicles.”

The package also contains ammunition for Javelin anti-tank missile systems and for HIMARS artillery systems, the US Department of Defense said in a communique, quoted by BTA.

The new aid is worth a total of $2.175 billion. The package includes $425 million worth of weapons from the Pentagon’s stockpile, plus $1.75 billion to buy weapons from relevant manufacturers.

Earlier today, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called for new arms supplies to his country, Reuters reported. “Ukraine will be able to hold Bakhmut and liberate the occupied part of Donbas if it gets long-range missiles,” Zelensky assured at a joint press conference in Kyiv with the presidents of the European Council and the European Commission, Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen. He made it clear that the Ukrainian armed forces would defend as long as they could the “fortress Bakhmut”, as he called the key city in the eastern Donetsk region, which has been the scene of bloody fighting for months. “No one will give away Bakhmut,” Zelensky added of the city, the capture of which is now the main goal of the Russian army.
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