US to send weapons worth $200 million to help Ukraine’s defense against Russia
Recently on Saturday, the White House announced that US President Joe Biden approved $200 million worth of small arms, military education, training, anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons for Ukraine. Since January 2021, the total U.S. security aid provided to Ukraine crossed $1.2 billion and $3.2 billion since 2014, according to senior administration officials.
In a memorandum to Antony Blinken, Secretary of State, Biden called the shots to grant up to $200 million through the Foreign Assistance Act be designated for Ukraine’s defense, according to Reuters. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that The spending package consists of “further defensive assistance to help Ukraine meet the armored, airborne, and other threats it is facing.”
“This drawdown will bring the total security assistance provided by the United States to Ukraine to more than $1.2 billion since the beginning of the Administration,” he added.
According to the officials, the special arms package consists of Javelin antitank missiles and Stinger antiaircraft missiles. The package will be shipped into western Ukraine from existing US military stockpiles in Europe.
“The United States and our allies and partners stand in solidarity with the people and government of Ukraine in the face of the Kremlin’s aggression,” Blinken said in a statement. “The international community is united and determined to hold (Russian President Vladimir) Putin accountable.”
Because the forces are too engaged in Ukraine, then Russia hasn’t yet attacked such shipments. But the situation could change soon. So we must be aware, said Pentagon officials. Russia’s deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, warned the US on Saturday, “pumping Ukraine with weapons from a number of countries orchestrated by them is not just a dangerous move, but these are actions that turn the corresponding convoys into legitimate targets.”
According to Insider, the US Senate — upper chamber of the United States Congress, also authorized a $1.5 trillion funding bill that included $13.6 billion in emergency humanitarian and military aid for Ukraine.
Back in February, the US provided a similar package to Ukraine which included anti-armor, small arms, body armor, various munitions, and antiaircraft systems. The US is one of the several countries that have helped Ukraine by providing antitank and antiaircraft weapons to them.
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