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The White House announces new aid to Ukraine, without going as far as Zelensky would like
AFP Photo SHARED Agence France-Presse
The White House announced Thursday that the United States would deliver “significant” air defense assets to Ukraine, but without providing it for the moment with the long-range ATACMS missiles that Kyiv demands.< /p>
The US president “has decided that he will not provide ATACMS (missiles), but he has not ruled out that possibility in the future,” the House national security adviser said -Blanche, Jake Sullivan, during a press conference.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in Washington on Thursday and preparing to be received at the White House, declared this week that it would be a “disappointment” for him to leave without these powerful tactical missiles.
He also praised the results of the counter-offensive launched by the Ukrainian armed forces, which had been criticized by anonymous American military officials in the press.
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“Ukraine is actually regaining ground, “she does it in a methodical manner, one step after another,” he said.
Joe Biden's advisor estimated that, thanks in particular to American military assistance, the Ukrainian forces had succeeded “in liberating more territory in three months than the Russians (had been) able to take in eight months.”
“Several large cities in Ukraine are not under occupation nor under Russian rule today. Firstly, thanks to the courage of the Ukrainian soldiers and the Ukrainian people who support them but also, in no small way, thanks to the material support that we have provided,” said Jake Sullivan.
Some elected officials from the The Republican opposition is demanding that the United States end financial and military aid to Ukraine, arguing, among other things, that it would be a lost cause.