US announces new aid package for Ukraine
Embrace of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and US President Joe Biden in Kyiv on February 20, 2023 (Photo:Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS)
The latest package of U.S. military aid to Ukraine is worth $460 million and includes ammunition for HIMARS Multiple Launch Rocket System, four additional Bradley IFVs, and Javelin anti-tank weapons, Voice of America journalist Ostap Yarysh reported via Twitter on Feb. 20, citing White House sources
The package was announced by U.S. President Joe Biden during his surprise visit to Kyiv on Feb. 20.
According to Yarysh, it includes the following:
● additional ammo for HIMARS;
● 155mm artillery shells;
● 120mm mortar shells;
● four airspace surveillance radars;
● additional Javelins;
● 2,000 anti-tank missiles;
● four Bradley infantry fighting vehicles;
● two evacuation vehicles;
● night-vision devices;
● Claymore anti-personnel mines;
● explosive charges;
● secure communication systems;
● medical supplies;
● spare parts, and other equipment.
Biden began his Europe tour with a symbolic visit to Kyiv on Feb. 20, despite officially being slated to head to Poland. It was his first visit to Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian full-scale invasion, and the first time any U.S. president visited country since George W. Bush in 2008. Before that, George H.W. Bush visited Kyiv in August 1991 to deliver his famous “Chicken Kyiv” speech before the Ukrainian parliament, and Bill Clinton – in 2000.
The president announced additional assistance to Ukraine, and new sanctions against Russia. He also discussed the transfer of long-range weapons to Kyiv with Zelenskyy. After Ukraine, Biden is headed to Poland.
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