Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the grant, which includes ammunition and generators, to help the European country fend off invasion by Russia< /h2>
With this announcement, the US has provided some $19.7 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since President Joe Biden will reach the White House (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, announced this Wednesday the granting of An additional $400 million in military aid to Ukraineto help the European country defend itself against invasion by Russia.
The package includes weapons and ammunition, as well as anti-aircraft defenses from the Pentagon's inventory, he said the foreign minister in a statement.
With this announcement, the US has provided some $19.7 billion to Ukraine in security assistance since President Joe Biden will reach the White House in January 2021.
Blinken vowed that his country “will continue to stand with more than 40 allies and partners for the people of Ukraine as they defend their freedom and independence.”
“Artillery ammunition, precision fire , the air defense missiles and tactical vehicles we are providing will serve Ukraine well on the battlefield,” he remarked.
“Given Russia's relentless and brutal missile and drone attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure, new air defense capabilities remain an urgent priority,” the Pentagon said in a statement.
“Additional NASAMS munitions and heavy machine guns will help Ukraine counter these urgent threats,” he added.
The package, which also includes generators, will come from the White House's own warehouses for dispatch as quickly as possible, as Russia continues to attack Ukrainian infrastructure just as winter begins (REUTERS/Umit Bektas)
Blinken assured that Washington will continue to support kyiv for as long as necessary “so that it can continue to defend itself and present itself with the strongest position at the negotiating table when the time comes.”
The The package, which also includes generators , will come from the White House's own warehouses, in order to dispatch it as quickly as possible, at a time when Russia continues to attack the Ukrainian infrastructure just as the begins winter.
Specifically, the new package includes200 generators, an unspecified number of NASAMS air defense and HIMARS-type artillery projectiles, 150 heavy machine guns with thermal detectors to shoot down drones, 10,000 120mm mortars and 20 million small arms projectiles, among other items, the Pentagon announced.
The war in Ukraine, now in its ninth month, has involved the use of thousands of projectiles a day by both sides, from small-arms bullets to truck-sized cruise missiles. As proof of how intense the battles have been, the United States has supplied 104 million small arms rounds to Ukraine.
Continued aid shipments to Ukraine, however, have raised questions about how long the United States and its allies can continue to help without affecting their own military capabilities. Many European countries have already warned that they have sent as much material as they can.
Last week, the Pentagon's top arms buyer, Bill LaPlante, traveled to Brussels to meet with 45 other nations to assess kyiv's priorities, including more air defense systems and long-range weapons. They discussed coordinating efforts to maintain supplies by identifying the capabilities of each of their defense industries, as well as the constraints they face in terms of supply chains and production, the Pentagon said in its note.
< p class="paragraph">(With information from EFE and AP)