US announces new $450 million military aid package for Ukraine
In total, since the beginning of the military operation, Washington has sent military assistance to Kyiv for $ 6.1 billion. The new package, among other weapons, will include additional HIMARS MLRS military equipment and munitions, White House National Security Council (NSC) strategic communications coordinator John Kirby said during a briefing.
“The United States announced a $450 million additional military aid package for Ukraine as part of our commitment to support Ukraine in defending its democracy in the face of unprovoked Russian aggression. This package contains weapons and equipment, including new HIMARS, tens of thousands of shells for artillery systems that have already been provided, as well as patrol boats to help Ukraine protect its coast and waterways, — said Kirby.
He stressed that since February 24, the United States has provided a total of $ 6.1 billion in assistance to Kyiv, and since the beginning of the presidential term of Joe Biden— for $6.8 billion
Kirby recalled that Biden assured Zelensky last week that Washington would continue to support Ukraine's defense capability.
The delivery of the HIMARS MLRS to Ukraine was widely discussed in the spring. Depending on the projectile, the firing range of the system can vary from 45-70 km to 220-270 km. Russia expressed concern about the planned supply of MLRS. Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov expressed the hope that Washington would not supply Ukraine with long-range shells. According to him, in this case, there would be a risk of strikes against Russian cities.
President Joe Biden ruled out the supply of missiles to Ukraine capable of reaching Russian territory. Kyiv, in turn, argued that the Ukrainian army “with a head” missiles with a range of 70 km are enough.
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Biden announced the first delivery of HIMARS on June 1st. On June 18, Politico, citing sources in the Pentagon, wrote that Washington intends to supply additional systems to Kyiv.
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