Ukrainian military personnel will unpack a Javanese anti-tank missile delivered by plane as part of the Ukrainian U.S. military support package at Boryspil International Airport on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, on February 10, 2022.
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The United States is sending Ukraine’s advanced rocket launcher system and 1,000 Javelin missiles as part of the Biden administration’s latest efforts to arm Ukrainian soldiers. Repel the Russian invasionThe Pentagon said on Wednesday.
The government said new military aid to Ukraine would total $ 700 million. This is the 11th aid package that the United States sent to Ukraine, $ 40 billion The parliament was assigned to Kyiv last month.
What else does Ukraine’s latest security assistance include, according to the Pentagon?
- Four high-mobility artillery rocket systems and ammunition known as HIMARS.
- Five counter-battery radars.
- Two aviation surveillance radars.
- 1,000 javelin throws and 50 command activation units.
- 6,000 anti-armor weapons;
- 15,000 howitzers;
- Four Mi-17 helicopters.
- 15 tactical vehicles;
- Spare parts and equipment.
Since the invasion of Russia in late February, the Biden administration has sent about $ 4.6 billion to Ukraine with its new aid, according to Pentagon spokesman Todd Bresser.
Since 2014, when Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula, more than $ 7.3 billion of US security assistance has been directed to Ukraine, Bresser said.
President Joe Biden gives a rough overview of the latest aid packages Opinion essay It was published in the New York Times on Tuesday.
“We have decided to provide Ukrainians with more sophisticated rocket systems and ammunition that will allow them to more accurately attack key targets on the Ukrainian battlefield,” Biden said, and the United States is also a “Stinger anti-aircraft”. He added that he would continue to send. Missiles, powerful artillery and precision rocket systems, radar, unmanned aerial vehicles, Mi-17 helicopters and ammunition. “
Biden also wrote that the United States does not want Ukraine to launch those rockets into Russia.
“We do not encourage or enable Ukraine to strike across national borders. We do not want to prolong the war just to hurt Russia,” he wrote.
Precision rockets launched from the HIMARS launch system can travel over 43 miles. According to the U.S. Army..
Washington has received a promise from Kyiv that it will not attack Russia with US weapons, Colin Kahl, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, said at a press conference Wednesday afternoon. Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky discussed the issue, Karl said.
The United States “keeps in mind” that new weapon supplies could escalate the conflict with Russia, Karl said. After Biden’s essay was published, the Kremlin accused the United States of “intentionally anointing the fire.” Reported news media..
However, Karl argued that “Russia does not veto” the equipment that the United States can provide to Ukraine.