US bolsters Ukraine defenses with $500 million military aid package

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The Biden administration has announced that it will send another $500 million in military equipment to Ukraine, which is the 41st aid package since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.  

The package includes artillery and equipment as well as Stinger man-portable air-defense systems (MANPADS), AT-4 and Javelin anti-armor rockets, High-Speed Anti-Radiation (HARM), and Heavy Tube-Launched, Optically Tracked, Wireless-Guided (TOW) missiles. 

Additionally, the United States will provide Patriot air-defense system munitions, which will boost Ukraine’s air defenses, and additional ammunition for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) already in use on the battlefield. 

The aid package is expected to support Ukraine’s efforts to regain territory in the eastern and southeastern regions, currently under Russian control, such as Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia. 

Antony J. Blinken the US Secretary of State commented in a press statement on June 28, 2023, that Russia could end the war “at any time by withdrawing its forces from Ukraine and stopping its brutal attacks against Ukraine’s cities and people”.  

“Until Russia does so, the United States and our allies and partners will stand united with Ukraine, for as long as it takes,” Blinken 

Since Russia initiated its military aggression against Ukraine on February 24, 2022,​ the US has invested more than $40.5 billion in security assistance to Kyiv.  

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