US announces $1.1 billion in new tranche of military aid to Kyiv

The US military aid envelope for Ukraine has now reached $16.2 billion since February 2022, and $16.9 billion since President Joe Biden’s arrival at the White House in January 2021. The Pentagon has in effect announced on September 28 a new tranche of military aid of 1.1 billion dollars to Ukraine, in the form of arms orders to the American defense industry.

Inside this envelope, 18 Himars precision artillery systems, 150 “Humvees” armored vehicles, 150 weapon tractor tactical vehicles, radars and anti-drone defense systems, according to the press release from the US Department of American Defense.

However, according to AFP, this is not armament intended for the Ukrainian forces which are currently fighting against Russian forces in the east and south of the country, but equipment which will be delivered to kyiv in several months.

The Pentagon calls for long-term support

This new aid “demonstrates the commitment of the United States to continue to support Ukraine in the long term”, underlines the Pentagon in its press release. It “represents a multi-year investment in capabilities essential to the sustainable strengthening of the Ukrainian armed forces, as they defend the sovereignty and territory of Ukraine against Russian aggression”, added the Pentagon.

Since the beginning of its “special military operation”, Russia has repeatedly denounced “the dangerous nature of the permanent ‘stuffing’ of Ukraine with Western weapons”, which according to it prolongs the conflict and presents “risks of destabilization of the situation and worsening of the humanitarian crisis”. In early June, Russian President Vladimir Putin also accused arms deliverers to Ukraine of having “only one goal: to prolong the armed conflict as long as possible”. More recently, on July 7, the Russian leader warned against a more direct involvement of the West in the conflict in Ukraine: “Today we learn that they want to defeat us on the battlefield. What can I say ? Let them try,” he said, also ensuring that Russia had not yet started anything “serious” in Ukraine.

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