WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – The United States announced plans Tuesday to provide $625 million in additional military aid to Ukraine, a package that includes advanced rocket systems that many say will help the country in its war with Russia. Helping to get the land.
President Joe Biden detailed the new package – which includes HIMARS mobile rocket systems, ammunition for artillery systems and armored vehicles – during a call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Tuesday’s call was also attended by Vice President Kamala Harris.
US and Ukrainian leaders spoke as Russia’s upper house of parliament formally approved the annexation of parts of Ukrainian territory after a referendum that Ukraine and its Western allies called a fraud.
“President Biden reaffirmed the United States’ continued willingness to impose severe sanctions against any individual, entity, or country that supports Russia’s intentions,” Casa Nalanka said in a statement.
This round of military assistance marks the first time the United States has sent additional HIMARS to Ukraine since late July. The systems – the new aid includes an additional four HIMRS bringing the total shipped to Ukraine to 20 – have become a key tool in Ukraine’s ability to destroy bridges that Russia uses to supply its troops , allowing Russian forces to advance through Ukrainian-controlled areas. Moscow.
In recent weeks, the United States has also offered funding through a separate program – the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative – to acquire another 18 HIMARS under long-term contracts.