Part of the new aid package
US announces arrival of weapons in Ukraine
The United States has increased its military aid to Ukraine by $800 million. The Pentagon reports that some of the promised weapons have already been delivered to the Ukrainian border. American soldiers will soon begin training Ukrainian troops.
The first shipments of weapons from the new US military aid program for Ukraine have arrived at the country’s borders. Four planes delivered military equipment to Ukraine on Sunday, said a senior US Department of Defense official, who requested anonymity. A fifth flight will follow shortly.
The White House announced on Wednesday new military aid in the amount of 800 million dollars (about 737 million euros) for the fight of the Ukrainian armed forces against the invading Russian troops. The new aid package includes 18,155mm howitzers, 200 M113 armored personnel carriers, 11 Mi-17 helicopters, 100 other armored vehicles and artillery ammunition.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said US troops stationed on NATO’s eastern flank should begin training the Ukrainian military in the use of 155mm howitzers “in the coming days”. The United States is delivering these weapons to Ukraine for the first time. 155 mm howitzers are the most modern version of this type of weapon.
Biden will not visit Ukraine
The White House, meanwhile, said Biden has no plans to travel to Ukraine. There are no such plans, Biden spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. In an interview with the American television channel CNN on Sunday, Ukrainian head of state Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed the hope that the American president would visit his country. “I think he’s the leader of the United States and that’s why he should come see him,” Zelenskyy said in an interview with CNN.
According to its own announcement, the US government wants to send another high-ranking representative to Ukraine instead. It will probably be Secretary of State Antony Blinken or Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.