WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – The United States on Tuesday announced plans to provide $625 million in additional military aid to Ukraine, a package that includes advanced rocket systems that many say will help ground the country in its war with Russia. helping to achieve.
President Joe Biden gave details of the new package – including the HIMARS mobile rocket system, ammunition for artillery systems and armored vehicles – during a call with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky. Vice President Kamala Harris was also on Tuesday’s call.
US And Ukrainian leaders spoke as Russia’s upper house of parliament formally approved parts of Ukraine’s territory after the referendum, which Ukraine and its Western allies have called fraud.
“President Biden reaffirms the United States’ continued desire to impose severe sanctions against any person, entity or country that supports the alleged annexation by Russia,” Nalanka House said in a statement.
This round of military aid marks the first time the United States has sent additional HIMARS to Ukraine since late July. The system – the new aid includes four additional HIMRSs that bring the total sent to Ukraine to 20 – has become a key tool in Ukraine’s ability to destroy bridges that Russia uses to supply its troops, Thereby the Ukrainian army is advancing through Moscow-controlled areas.
In recent weeks, the United States has offered funding through a separate program – the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative – to purchase 18 more HIMARs on longer-term contracts.