US to send additional $800m in military assistance to Ukraine

The US is to send an additional $800m in military assistance to Ukraine. The announcement follows a phone call between Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky and US President Joe Biden, the BBC reports.

Biden said the support would include new weapons tailored to combat Russia’s anticipated “wider assault” in the east of Ukraine.

The Ukrainian military has used the weapons we are providing to devastating effect. As Russia prepares to intensify its attack in the Donbas region, the United States will continue to provide Ukraine with the capabilities to defend itself.

President Joe Biden.

The package also includes helicopters and what Biden called “new capabilities” such as artillery systems and armoured personnel carriers.

Senior US defence officials say the total military aid provided by the US now stands at more than $3bn.

Biden has said the weaponry supplied so far has helped ensure the failure of Russia’s initial war aims, but he added it was not the time to rest, saying: “I assured President Zelensky that the American people will continue to stand with the brave Ukrainian people."

Image: Ukrainian Presidential Press Office.

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