U.S. to help Ukraine fill arms gaps if necessary, says Blinken

12 May, 01:37 PM
Blinken assured Ukraine of further support (Photo:Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters)

Blinken assured Ukraine of further support (Photo:Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters)

The United States will help Ukraine fill any gaps in weapons deliveries to Ukraine if necessary, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told U.S. television news program PBS NewsHour on May 11.

According to Blinken, at every step of support to Kyiv, “we’ve worked with now more than 50 countries to adjust, to adapt, depending on the nature of the fight, where it was, what was needed, to make sure that, again, they had what they needed.”

“And it’s a process and we’re working literally every single day with the Ukrainians and with this coalition of countries to make sure they have support,” he added.

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“If there are gaps, if there are shortages, they’ll tell us and we will make every effort to make good on them.”

The U.S. official added that different countries will do different things depending on their own capacities, depending on their own technology, depending on what makes the most sense.

“So we’ve provided some things uniquely to Ukraine through this process,” he said.

“Other countries may do things different than what we’re doing. The question is: Does the whole thing add up to what Ukraine needs? And we’re determined that it – that it do so.”

The U.S. Department of Defense announced a $300 million military aid package for Ukraine on May 3. The package includes howitzers, artillery rounds, and HIMARS ammunition, among other things.

On May 9, the U.S. Department of Defense announced a $1.2 billion military aid package for Ukraine, which includes additional air defense systems and munitions, artillery rounds, etc.

In total, the United States has provided almost $37 billion in military aid to Ukraine since Russia’s full-scale invasion in February 2022.

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