The shipment includes drones, Hawk defense missiles, and Soviet-era tanks that were strategically refurbished to deal with the Russian invasion
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The US will send Ukraine 45 tanks as part of a new aid package (EFE)
The United States Department of Defense announced this Friday a new package of military assistance to Ukraine for a total USD 400 million. This shipment includes tanks from the Soviet era that were strategically renovated, in a joint effort with the Netherlands, as well as Hawk defense missiles and drones.
The aid falls under the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, which means the weaponry will be manufactured by defense contractors rather than from current US stocks.
On time, Ukraine will receive 45 T-72B tanks, shipped from the Czech Republicand that they were refurbished with improvements in optics, communications and armor; 1,100 Phoenix Ghost-type tactical unmanned aerial systems; 40 armored riverboats; and financing to renovate 250 M1117 armored security vehicles, among others.
Ukraine will receive refurbished Soviet-era tanks, Hawk defense missiles and drones (AFP )
This is the first time that the United States has provided the country with Czech tanks, which will arrive in the coming months and which local troops “already know how to use,” reported the Pentagon deputy spokesperson, Sabrina Singh.
These vehicles “will make a difference on the battlefield,” continued Singh, who also remarked that, thanks to the improvements to which they have been subjected, “they will be the most technically advanced tanks on the battlefield” .
The Department of Defense announcement demonstrates the commitment of the United States to the defense of Ukraine. In this sense, the organization recalled that, since the beginning of the invasion, more than18.2 billion dollars have already been allocated.in security assistance. In turn, if the money sent since 2014 is considered, the total amounts to 21,000 million.
“United States The United States remains committed to supporting Ukraine's short-term and long-term battlefield needs to deter and defend against future Russian aggression,” the Department added in a statement.
John Kirby highlighted that these aids, which already total more than 18.2 billion dollars since February, are strategically evaluated with the progress of the offensive in Ukraine (REUTERS)
In turn, the spokesman for the National Security Council of the White House, John Kirby, explained that these shipments of weapons evolve and are adapted as the needs on the battlefield change, in order to provide the best and most appropriate assistance.
Thus, The United States is also evaluating what measures it can implement in the short and long term to contribute to therestoration of Ukraine's electricity infrastructure., which is seriously compromised after the Russian bombing of these plants. To this end, together with partners and allied countries in the region, they are working on a plan to provide technical assistance.
After learning about the new shipment, President Zelensky “thanked the continuous support” to Biden for the armored vehicles that will help kyiv “to liberate the Ukrainian land.”
Zelensky thanked Biden for the new shipment to Ukraine (Twitter: @ZelenskyyUa)
For his part, the head of the office of the Ukrainian Presidency, Andriy Yermak, also thanked the allies for dedicating “another military aid package”. “Many thanks to the people of POTUS (the Biden Administration), Congress and the United States,” he added in the message on his Twitter account.
After this announcement, Kirby referred to the growing closeness between Russia and Iran, which “is a sign of how isolated both countries are” and which, in turn, exposes “to what extent point Putin's army cannot keep up with the war and the operations he is trying to wage in Ukraine” that forces him to “turn to countries like Iran and North Korea”.
(With information from Europa Press and EFE)
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