According to sources, the US is preparing another $800 million in military aid for Ukraine’s conflict with Russia.
According to officials speaking on condition of anonymity and claiming that President Joe Biden may announce his decision either Friday or next week,
They added that the assistance will be authorized by the Presidential Drawdown Authority. This authority allows the head-of-state to remove surplus weapons from US stock.
The sources didn’t mention the specific types of weapons to be included in the package, and cautioned that weapons deliveries can change in value before they are announced.
When Reuters reached out to the White House, it declined comment.
The US has been the strongest supporter of Ukraine since the start of Russia’s military operation, providing the country with billions of dollars in military and financial aid, as well as intelligence data. Washington’s deliveries to Kiev have included such sophisticated hardware as HIMARS multiple rocket launchers, M777 howitzers and combat drones.
Earlier this week, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said the Americans were “trying to prolong this conflict”Between Moscow and Kiev. “cannon fodder” to Ukrainians in Washington’s “anti-Russia project.”
America has always been “pumping the Kiev regime with weapons, including heavy weapons, and continues to do so,”Putin insisted.
Russia sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, citing Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, designed to give the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk special status within the Ukrainian state. In 2014, the protocols were signed for the first time, through France and Germany. Former Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has since admitted that Kiev’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to buy time and “create powerful armed forces.”
The Kremlin officially recognized Donbass republics to be independent states in February 2022 and asked that Ukraine declare itself neutral so that it will not become a member of any Western military bloc. Kiev maintains that Russia’s offensive was not provoked.
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