Biden marks Ukraine Independence Day with $3 bln package

Date:

FILE PHOTO: US President Joe Biden in the East Room of the White House, in Washington, US, Aug. 9, 2022. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein/File Photo/File Photo

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden celebrated Ukraine’s Independence Day on Wednesday with $3 billion in security assistance, Washington’s largest aid package since the Russian invasion six months ago. read more

The aid, announced on Kiev’s Independence Day, came as US officials warned that Russia appeared to be planning new attacks on Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure and government facilities in the coming days.

“The United States of America is determined to support the people of Ukraine as they continue the struggle to defend their sovereignty,” Biden said in a statement announcing the package, noting Kiev’s “bittersweet” anniversary. 31 years of independence from the Russian-dominated Soviet government. past.

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com

The aid of about $2.98 billion “will enable Ukraine to acquire air defense systems, artillery systems and ammunition, unmanned aerial systems and radars to ensure it can continue to defend itself in the long term,” he said.

The Pentagon said the new package would include six additional surface-to-air missile systems known as NASAMS, 24 counter-artillery radars, Puma drones, along with counter-drone systems known as VAMPIRE.

In total, the United States has pledged more than $13.5 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the Biden administration began in January 2021. Since 2014, the United States has pledged more than $15.5 billion in security assistance to Ukraine.

The new package uses funds from the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI) allocated by Congress to allow the Biden administration to buy weapons from industry rather than take weapons from existing US arms stockpiles.

Since Russian forces invaded on February 24 in what President Vladimir Putin called a “special military operation” to demilitarize Ukraine, the conflict has escalated into a war of attrition waged mainly in the east and south of the country.

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com

Reporting by Steve Holland, Idrees Ali with additional reporting by Phil Stewart and Susan Heavey; adaptation by Alex Richardson, Hugh Lawson, Mark Heinrich and David Gregorio

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

Idrees Ali

Thomson Reuters

National security correspondent focused on the Pentagon in Washington DC Reports on US military activities and operations around the world and the impact they have. Has reported from more than two dozen countries, including Iraq, Afghanistan and much of the Middle East, Asia and Europe. From Karachi, Pakistan.

The Valley Voice
The Valley Voicehttp://thevalleyvoice.org
Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Share post:

Popular

More like this
Related