New US aid package to Ukraine includes anti-aircraft and offensive weapons

1 July, 11:19 AM
Biden announced that the full list of military aid to Ukraine would be provided

Biden announced that the full list of military aid to Ukraine would be provided "soon". (Photo:REUTERS/Yves Herman)

The next U.S. security assistance package to Ukraine, worth $800 million, will include anti-air defense systems and offensive weaponry, U.S. President Joe Biden said during a press conference on the closing day of NATO’s Madrid summit in Spain on June 30.

“In the coming days, we plan to announce even more assistance, for $800 million, including new modern Western air defense systems for Ukraine, more artillery and ammunition, anti-battery radars, additional ammunition for the HIMARS missile systems that we are already providing to Ukraine,” said Biden.

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“Ukraine must have everything we can give reasonably give them to ensure their own physical security and defense.”

Biden added that the United States has already provided Ukraine with $7 billion in security assistance to defend itself against the Russian invasion.

Earlier, CNN reported that the White House is planning to buy Ukraine a modern, Norwegian-made NASAMS medium-range anti-air defense system, capable of intercepting targets up to 30 kilometers away.

According to Politico, Ukrainian troops are already training to operate the system.

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