US announces $1.2b in new military aid for Ukraine

The package underscores the continued US commitment to Ukraine “by committing critical near-term capabilities, such as air defense systems and munitions, while also building the capacity of Ukraine’s armed forces to defend its territory over the long term,” the Defense Department said in a statement, according to the media.
The assistance comes in the form of Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative funds, which pay for the procurement of equipment from the defense industry or partners rather than providing equipment from existing US stocks.
This avoids depleting US inventories but means the assistance will take longer to reach the battlefield.
The package features unspecified air defense systems and munitions as well as equipment to integrate Western systems with Ukraine’s existing gear, which is mainly of Soviet vintage.
It also includes ammunition for counter drone systems, 155 mm artillery rounds, and commercial satellite imagery services.
Kyiv has pushed for some items that its international supporters have been reluctant to provide, including Patriot air defense systems and advanced heavy tanks — which were eventually promised — and others such as Western fighter aircraft, which have not been pledged so far.
The US and its Western allies have kept feeding Ukraine with massive amounts of arms since the start of the war last year.
 Russia has repeatedly warned that military assistance will only prolong the war and add to the suffering of the Ukrainian people.

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