New $2.5 billion US military aid package to include armor, but no tanks, long-range rockets – CNN

19 January, 12:02 PM
The new military aid package will include Stryker armored vehicles (Photo:REUTERS/Ints Kalnins)

The new military aid package will include Stryker armored vehicles (Photo:REUTERS/Ints Kalnins)

The United States is finalizing the formation of a new military aid package for Ukraine – one of the largest at up to $2.5 billion – U.S. television news channel CNN reported on Jan. 19.

The channel said the new package will include more Bradley infantry fighting vehicles and the newer Stryker armored vehicles. Mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles, known as MRAPs, are also on the list.

The new supply package will also include ammunition for HIMARS MLRS and artillery.

However, the package will not include long-range ATACMS rockets and tanks, which Ukraine has repeatedly requested.

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CNN previously reported that the United States is preparing to announce one of the largest packages of military aid to Ukraine in the coming days, but his will not include Abrams tanks because of logistical and maintenance issues.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense for Political Affairs Colin Kahl on Jan. 16 reported that the United States “recognizes” that Ukraine needs to strike further from the front line, seemingly hinting that there was a possibility that Ukraine might be provided with long-range missiles.

U.S. news website Politico previously reported that a major package of military aid to Ukraine, which may be announced as early as this week, would include Stryker armored fighting vehicles and GLSDB missiles, which are capable of hitting targets at a distance of 160 kilometers.

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