New US military aid to kyiv of nearly three billion dollars

August 24 is a particularly symbolic date for Ukraine. Joe Biden therefore took the opportunity to give kyiv a nice gift in his fight against Moscow. The American president indeed announced on Wednesday a new military aid to Ukraine of nearly three billion dollars to demonstrate the lasting support of the United States at a time when the country, which has been fighting the Russian invasion for six months, marked the its independence day.

“The United States of America is committed to supporting the people of Ukraine as they continue the struggle to defend their sovereignty. As part of this commitment, I am proud to announce our largest tranche of security assistance to date: approximately $2.98 billion in weapons and equipment,” Biden said. “This will allow Ukraine to acquire air defense systems, artillery systems and ammunition (…) and radars to ensure that it can continue to defend itself in the long term”.

“I know that this Independence Day brings mixed feelings to many Ukrainians, as thousands of people have been killed or injured, millions have been displaced and so many more have been victims of atrocities and attacks. Russians. But six months of relentless attacks have only strengthened the pride that Ukrainians have in themselves, in their country and in their 31 years of independence,” assured the American president.

A useful aid in the medium term

This new tranche of aid is exclusively composed of armaments ordered from the American defense industry which will only reach Ukraine in several months, even two or three years, underlined a senior Pentagon official. It is intended to strengthen Ukraine’s defense capabilities in the medium term, not to help Ukrainian forces in their current counter-offensive efforts, as was the case with the latest tranche of aid announced last week. , explained the number three of the American Department of Defense, Colin Kahl.

“The United States has now released more than $13.5 billion for military aid to Ukraine since Mr. Biden’s term began,” said Colin Kahl. “To our knowledge, Vladimir Putin has not given up on his strategic objective of taking over Ukraine,” he added. “That’s why aid tranches like this are so important: they challenge Putin’s theory that we’re not here for the duration.”

Defense and surveillance drones

Washington will thus order for the Ukrainian forces more than 300,000 shells compatible with NATO artillery systems, radars, but also Nasams air defense systems, surveillance drones and above all, for the first time, systems latest-generation Vampire anti-drone defense systems, which allow an approaching drone to be destroyed with precision-guided missiles.

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