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US announces $400m in additional military aid for Ukraine

Radar set of Nato's Patriot missile air defence system operated by German army unit Flugabwehrraketengruppe 26 placed at Sliac airbase in Sliac, central Slovakia, 10 May 2022. (Photo: EPA-EFE / MARTIN DIVISEK)

The US Department of Defense announced $400-million in additional security assistance for Ukraine on Tuesday, including air defence missiles, armoured vehicles and small drones, as Ukraine's counteroffensive against Russia grinds on.

The new aid package, which was first reported by Reuters, will include for the first time Hornet surveillance drones made by FLIR Systems.

It also includes munitions for Patriot air defence systems and National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASMS), Stinger anti-aircraft systems, more ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), Stryker Armored Personnel Carriers, and a variety of other missiles and rockets.

The package is funded using Presidential Drawdown Authority, or PDA, which authorises the president to quickly transfer articles and services from US stocks without congressional approval during an emergency. The material will come from US excess inventory.

This is the 43rd security assistance package approved by the United States for Ukraine. More than $43-billion in US military aid has been provided since Russia’s invasion in 2022.

Commenting on the aid announcement, Secretary of State Antony Blinken noted Russia’s attacks on Ukraine ports and Ukrainian infrastructure since withdrawing from the Black Sea Grain Initiative last week.

“Russia could end this war at any time by withdrawing its forces from Ukraine and stopping its brutal attacks against Ukraine’s cities and people. Until it does, the United States and our allies and partners will stand united with Ukraine, for as long as it takes,” Blinken said in a statement.

The Black Sea grain deal was brokered by the United Nations and Turkey a year ago to combat a global food crisis worsened by Russia’s invasion. Ukraine and Russia are both leading grain exporters.

Britain said on Tuesday it had information indicating Russia’s military might start targeting civilian shipping in the Black Sea, while the European Union pledged to help Ukraine export almost all its farm produce via rail and road.

(Reporting by Mike Stone and Patricia Zengerle in Washington; Additional reporting by Ismail Shakil in Ottawa and Katharine Jackson in Washington; Editing by Tim Ahmann and Matthew Lewis.)

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  • Vas K says:

    Hmmm, am I the only one seeing that this conflict is US at war with Russia,with thugs on both sides. One president certainly demented, the other probably so. Other Nato countries being just useful puppets in the scheme of things. All I see is a dangerous constant and almost daily escalation of the conflict on both sides, as well as various taboos regularly broken. And what is most scary, nobody even dreams of negotoating. I’m afraid that it will not matter who was right and who was wrong once the humanity will get all but wiped out in a world nuclear war. Every experienced lawyer and politician will confirm that matters of principle might be noble but are the most expensive by far. It is time to stop this madness urgently. Supplying the ever more lethal weapons to either side is definitely not the way to do it.

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