US announces plans for military aid to Ukraine — Analysis

Washington will support Kiev in the field by continuing to supply it with anti-tank missile system.

On Tuesday, the US declared that it would send more anti-tank missiles systems to Ukraine. Antony Blinken Secretary of State said that the US will send additional anti-armor weapons worth $100 million to Kiev.

“I have authorized … the immediate drawdown of security assistance valued at up to $100 million to meet Ukraine’s urgent need for additional anti-armor systems,”Blinken made the statement in a statement.

Blinken said that the US has increased its security support to Ukraine by more than $1.7billion since the start of the Russian military campaign in February. Blinken said that both the US and its allies will keep supporting Ukraine. “strengthen Ukraine’s position on the battlefield and at the negotiating table.”

John Kirby, Pentagon spokesperson, explained the US’s intention to continue to ship shoulder-fired Javelin antitank systems, Stinger missiles anti-aircraft missiles and drones.

Blinken’s statement came after Ukraine accused Russia of committing war crimes in the town of Bucha, northwest of the capital Kiev after Russian troops withdrew from the area last week. Moscow denies the claims and says that Ukraine was being disinformationed by its foreign backingers.

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Western countries have been supplying Ukraine with anti-tank and air defense missiles but rejected Kiev’s pleas to deliver heavier weapons and aircraft. NATO, afraid of an open conflict with Russia, also rejected a no fly zone above Ukraine.

Moscow attacked the neighboring state following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements signed in 2014, and Russia’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics in Donetsk and Lugansk. French and German protocols were designed to normalize those areas within Ukraine’s state.

Russia now demands that Ukraine declare itself neutral and refuse to join NATO. This is a US-led military bloc. Kiev denies that Russia planned to seize the two republics and claims the Russian offensive was not provoked.

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