US reveals another huge batch of military aid to Ukraine — Analysis
Pentagon press secretary John Kirby revealed Friday that US military assistance will increase to Ukraine by $300 million.
The package would include switchblade tactical and laser-guided drones that can take out armored vehicles.
“This decision underscores the United States’ unwavering commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in support of its heroic efforts to repel Russia’s war of choice,”Kirby said.
The secretary explained that the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative allows the US government to procure supplies and equipment directly from defense industry contractors, rather than taking it from the Defense Department’s own stockpiles.
Over $2.3 Billion has been committed by the US to Ukraine’s security since Russia began its military operations there last month.
After talks involving 35 nations, Ben Wallace, UK Defence Secretary, announced earlier that Britain and its allies had decided to send more lethal support to Ukraine. He explained that Ukrainian soldiers require different weapons depending upon the terrain.
US President Joe Biden signed last month a spending bill which approved $13.6 million in humanitarian aid and military assistance for Ukraine. Some senators wanted the US to spend more money to help the country.
Moscow attacked the neighboring state in late February, 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. Minsk Protocol, which was negotiated by France and Germany, was intended to regulate the state of regions in the Ukrainian country.
Russia now demands that Ukraine declare itself neutral and vows to not join NATO’s military bloc. Kiev maintains that Russia’s offensive was not provoked and denies claims it planned to seize the two republics.
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