U.S. to announce $3 billion in new military aid for Ukraine -official

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WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 (Reuters) – The United States will already announce a new security assistance package for Ukraine worth about $3 billion on Wednesday, a US official said Tuesday, in what would be the largest tranche to Kiev since the Russian invasion six months ago. .

The package is being prepared to coincide with Ukraine’s Independence Day on Wednesday.

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

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On condition of anonymity, the official said the new weapons do not include any types of weapons not previously supplied to the Ukrainian military. But the official said it would focus on munitions and more medium-term objectives such as defense systems.

Under the USAI, it can take months for the weapons to arrive in Europe as companies have to purchase them.

The official said the number and mix of weapons could change before the formal announcement.

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

Washington has provided $10.6 billion in military aid to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s administration since Feb. 24. read more

Germany plans to deliver more weapons by 2023, including air defense systems, missile launchers and precision munitions, worth more than €500 million ($500 million), a source told Reuters.

Moscow is trying to gain control of the largely Russian-speaking Donbas region, comprising the provinces of Luhansk and Donetsk, where pro-Moscow separatists seized territory after the Kremlin annexed Crimea to the south in 2014.

Ukraine accuses Moscow of an imperialist war to recapture a pro-Western neighbor that shook off Russian rule when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.

In Ukraine, an eerie calm before the storm grew on Tuesday as the US embassy told its citizens to leave Ukraine over fears of possible Russian missile strikes as the country celebrates its 31 years of independence on Wednesday. read more

Kiev has warned Moscow of a strong response if it launches such strikes.

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Reporting by Idrees Ali; additional reporting by Patricia Zengerle, Mike Stone and Steve Holland; adaptation by Grant McCool, Leslie Adler and David Gregorio

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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.

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