Thursday, February 2, 2023

US gave $ 1.85 billion in military aid to Ukraine

WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – The US government announced Wednesday that it would send $1.85 billion in military aid to Ukraine, which will include a battery of Patriot missiles, as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky arrived in Washington on his first known trip outside Ukraine. Russia invaded the country in February.

The White House made the announcement hours before Zelensky landed at Joint Base Andrews outside the capital. The package includes $1 billion worth of weapons and material and $850 million from the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative. A portion of those funds will go toward a satellite communications system, which is likely to include the Elon Musk-owned SpaceX Starlink satellite network.

“As Russia continues its brutal attacks on Ukraine’s critical infrastructure, the United States welcomes President Volodymyr Zelensky to Washington,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement. He added that the United States would provide “new and additional military elements to help defend Ukraine from Russia’s unprovoked brutal assault.”

Zelensky and other Ukrainian officials pressed Western leaders for more modern weapons, including Patriot missiles, to help their country in the war. The Patriot will be the most advanced surface-to-air missile provided to Ukraine by the West to help deter Russian airstrikes.

The package includes two other key elements. The Pentagon sends an unknown number of JDAM ammunition kits. Musk said that the company could no longer do it for free, the United States would finance the terminals and services for satellite communications.

JDAMs add tail fins and precision systems to the larger bombs that allow them to be guided to targets rather than simply dropped.

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