US approves $2.6bn in aid to Ukraine and allies
The US has approved about $2.7 billion (£2.3 billion) in new aid to Ukraine and its allies. This includes her $675 million in arms for Ukraine to fight Russia.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin unveiled the weapons package at a meeting with dozens of ministers at the US airport in Ramstein, Germany.
Support includes howitzers, ammunition, Humvees, armored ambulances, and anti-tank systems.
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The US has already pledged about $13 billion in military aid to Ukraine.
The Biden administration said on Thursday that it planned to invest $2 billion in long-term aid to boost future security for Ukraine and 18 neighboring countries, both NATO members and non-members. . intrusion.
He said he would notify Congress of the aid plan.
When US Secretary of State Anthony Brinken arrived in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, his aide promised Ukrainian allies to support the country for as long as possible, adapting to the type of assistance offered. I urge you to prepare.
In Kyiv, Blinken said Ukrainian operations against Russian forces had “proven to be effective” and would provide assistance at “critical” moments during the war.
He also vowed that the United States and its allies would “continue their pressure until the aggression ends and Ukraine attains full sovereignty and independence.”
President Joe Biden wants to end America’s ‘forever war’, but is investing billions in what could go on for a long time.
Half a year later, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is entering a challenging new phase. Europe is facing a harsh winter of high prices and fuel shortages as a result of President Vladimir Putin’s sanctions against Moscow and the cutoff of Russian gas supplies.
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Meanwhile, Ukraine has launched a counteroffensive in the south, seeking to break the battlefield stalemate and convince its struggling allies that it is worth holding its course.
Secretary of State Anthony Brinken’s visit to Kyiv was intended to underscore the message and, by emphasizing, the American people’s commitment to seeing it.
For Washington, of course, the stakes are bigger than for Ukraine. The Biden administration and a bipartisan majority in Congress believe that a Russian aggression threatens to break the rules of the liberal world order established by the United States after World War II.
Nonetheless, President Biden’s protracted campaign is not geared towards a quick and decisive Ukraine victory. Its weapons shipments are being calibrated on concerns that tensions could escalate into direct conflict with Russia.
Some analysts and lawmakers called on the president to be more proactive, explaining that the goal was not to have the power to win, but to prevent defeat. He called for a ceasefire and a negotiated settlement.
The administration argues that Russia is not serious about finding a diplomatic solution and that Ukraine sees no advantage in pushing for a diplomatic solution.
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On Wednesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said his army had recently launched a successful offensive against Russian forces controlling large swaths of southern and eastern Ukraine, recapturing a settlement near the northeastern city of Kharkov. rice field. While in Kyiv, Mr. Blinken received information about the retaliatory attack from Ukrainian authorities.
He did not give details, but both Ukrainian and pro-Russian officials reported fighting around Balaklava, 60 kilometers (38 miles) southeast of Kharkiv.
UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace says there are signs that Ukraine is making real military progress. Long-range artillery and rockets provided by the West are helping to target Russian supply lines and command centers.
Russian President Vladimir Putin denied a reversal on Wednesday, saying: “We have lost nothing and will lose nothing.”
Russia claims it is fighting neo-Nazis in Ukraine, a claim widely denied and says it is threatened by its NATO alliance and strong ties with Ukraine.
Russia, a global energy supplier, is embroiled in economic disputes with the West, who have imposed extensive sanctions in response to aggression.
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