Washington to provide new military aid to Ukraine

Washington to provide new military aid to Ukraine

UPDATE DAY

The United States will announce roughly $3 billion in new military aid to Ukraine to mark its independence day and six months of conflict, a US official said Tuesday.  

The White House is expected to officially announce the aid on Wednesday, the same day as Ukraine's independence celebration which coincides with the anniversary of six months of conflict since the Russian invasion of that country on February 24, the official said on condition of anonymity.

This will be the largest envelope of American military aid since the beginning of the war and will allow kyiv to acquire new weapons or finance training or operations.

The money comes from a Pentagon fund that can be used for immediate operations or for the acquisition of armaments.

This envelope is different from another fund that allows President Joe Biden to order the tr immediate transfer to Ukraine of weapons, materials and equipment from existing stockpiles.

Last Friday, the Pentagon announced a tranche of military aid to Ukraine from this fund, for a amount of 775 million dollars. This new tranche of aid included additional missiles for US Himars precision artillery systems, which have been “a game-changer on the battlefield”, said a senior US Department of Defense official.

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