Washington announces $725 million in additional military aid to Ukraine

“This payment will bring the total of American military assistance provided to Ukraine to an unprecedented amount of more than 18.3 billion dollars” since Joe Biden took office, said the head of diplomacy American.

The United States will provide an additional $725 million in military aid to Ukraine for its defense against the Russian invasion, the Pentagon and the State Department announced on Friday.

“This payment will bring the total of American military assistance provided to Ukraine to an unprecedented amount of more than 18.3 billion dollars” since the entry into office of Joe Biden, specified the head of the American diplomacy Antony Blinken in a statement.

The United States promises “advanced systems”

The Pentagon details that the new batch promised by Washington includes in particular ammunition from Himars, a rocket launcher mounted on light armor which plays an important role in the Ukrainian counter-offensives in the east and south of the country. Also included are more than 23,000 artillery shells, 5,000 anti-armour mines operated remotely, 5,000 anti-tank weapons and 200 Humvee transport vehicles.

Joe Biden had promised Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday “to continue to provide Ukraine with what it needs to defend itself, including advanced systems” of air defense. The United States has already pledged advanced surface-to-air missile batteries: two for delivery in the coming weeks or months, and six more as part of longer-term aid.

“Air defense capabilities have been and will continue to be a US priority for Ukraine,” the Pentagon said in its statement Friday.

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