US announces $150 mln in new military aid for Ukraine

AFP , Thursday 26 Oct 2023

The United States announced on Thursday a new $150 million military assistance package for Ukraine that includes artillery and small-arms ammunition as well as anti-tank weapons.

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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy (L) and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (R)

 

The package, which also includes air defence missiles, night vision devices, demolitions munitions and cold weather gear, "utilises assistance previously authorised for Ukraine during prior fiscal years," the Pentagon said in a statement.

"The Biden administration calls on Congress to meet its commitment to the people of Ukraine by passing additional funding to ensure Ukraine continues to have what it needs to defend itself" the statement said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked the US for the military assistance in a post on social media.

"As winter approaches, strengthening air defence is critical to protect Ukrainian cities and infrastructure," Zelensky said.

"I appreciate our agreements with President Biden being implemented," he added.

Washington is by far the biggest donor of military aid to Kyiv, committing $43.9 billion since the start of the crisis in February 2022.

Opposition from hardline Republican lawmakers has put future assistance for Kyiv in doubt, and the US government is now relying on previously approved aid in the absence of new funding from Congress.

A cut to American assistance would be a major blow to Ukraine as it presses ahead with a slow-moving counteroffensive and readies for the second winter of the war.

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