US President Joe Biden spoke about Ukrainian armament on May 3, 2022, after a tour of Lockheed Martin’s weapons factory in Troy, Alabama.
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Washington — — The Biden administration announced a new weapons package for Ukraine worth $ 150 million as the war-torn country entered the 11th week of the conflict with Russia.
The Pentagon said the next weapon tranche would include 25,000 155mm shells, three AN / TPQ-36 counter-battery radars, and electronic jamming devices.
The latest military aid package, 9th security Installments of aid bring US military aid commitments to $ 3.8 billion since Moscow invaded its neighbors in late February.
The $ 150 million promised on Friday comes from the remaining $ 250 million in the president’s drawdown authority. This allows the president to transfer excess weapons from the US arsenal without Congressional approval.
Last month Biden demanded $ 33 billion From later parliament He ran out of the remaining drawdown privileges. He reiterated his request on Friday, saying that in order for Ukraine to succeed against Russia, the United States and its allies must continue to flow weapons and ammunition into the country.
“Parliament should promptly provide the funds required to strengthen Ukraine on the battlefield and in negotiations,” Biden said in a statement releasing additional funding.
The final $ 800 million military aid package before Friday, announced on April 21, includes 72 howitzers, 144,000 shells, and more than 121 rapidly-developed “ghost” tactical drones. It was.
Since Moscow invaded Ukraine on February 24, the Biden administration has deployed more than 100,000 US troops to NATO member states.
The NATO alliance also puts more than 140 warships and 130 aircraft on alert.In addition, a powerful group of 30 people has consistently warned the President of Russia. Vladimir Putin An attack on one NATO member country is considered an attack on all, and Article 5, which is the basis of the group, is invoked.
Ukraine, which has been seeking NATO membership since 2002, borders four NATO allies: Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania.