The US on Wednesday unveiled a brand new $800 million army support bundle for Ukraine, together with heavier tools reminiscent of helicopters, howitzers and armored personnel carriers.
President Joe Biden spoke to his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky for about an hour earlier within the day as Russia refocuses its efforts eastward, the brand new frontline of the almost seven-week-old struggle.
“The Ukrainian army has used the weapons we’re offering to devastating impact,” Biden mentioned.
“As Russia prepares to accentuate its assault within the Donbas area, america will proceed to supply Ukraine with the capabilities to defend itself,” he added.
“This new bundle of help will include most of the extremely efficient weapons techniques now we have already supplied and new capabilities tailor-made to the broader assault we anticipate Russia to launch in jap Ukraine.”
Zelensky for his half tweeted that he and Biden had mentioned the “extra bundle of defensive and potential macro-financial support.”
The brand new help included a few of the heavier tools that Washington had beforehand refused to supply to Kyiv for concern of escalating the battle with nuclear-armed Russia.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby launched an inventory of the objects within the newest $800 million safety help bundle for Ukraine.
It consists of 18 155mm howitzers and 40,000 artillery rounds, 200 M113 armored personnel carriers, 11 Mi-17 helicopters and 100 armored multi-purpose automobiles.
The bundle additionally consists of 10 AN/TPQ-3G counter-artillery radars, two AN/MPQ-64 Sentinel air surveillance radars, 300 Switchblade drones and 500 Javelin anti-armor missiles.
Unmanned coastal protection vessels, chemical, organic and nuclear protecting tools, 30,000 units of physique armor and helmets, C-4 explosives and M18A1 Claymore anti-personnel mines may also be delivered to Ukraine.
“We tailor-made this record particularly to fulfill the wants that they’ve requested for with respect to what is going on on in jap Ukraine,” Kirby mentioned.
The Pentagon spokesman mentioned america is working with “allies and companions to establish and supply Ukraine with extra capabilities, capabilities that are not in our inventory.”
Pentagon quantity two Kathleen Hicks was because of chair a gathering Wednesday with the heads of the primary American protection teams to hurry up manufacturing of weapons most utilized by the Ukrainian military.
Earlier than the most recent bundle, america had provided or promised Ukraine 1,400 Stinger anti-aircraft techniques, 5,000 Javelins, 7,000 different anti-tank weapons, a number of hundred Switchblades, 7,000 rifles, 50 million bullets and a variety of different tools.