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US announces $820 million in aid to Ukraine, including missile systems


WASHINGTON — The United States announced Friday that it will provide Ukraine with $820 million in new military aid, including new surface-to-air missile systems and counter-artillery radars to meet the heavy reliance of Russia to long-range strikes during the war.

In recent days, Russia has launched dozens of missiles across Ukraine and pinned down Ukrainian forces with continuous fire for sometimes hours at a time. Ukrainian leaders have publicly called on Western allies to quickly send more munitions and advanced systems that will help them close the equipment and manpower gap.

In total, the United States has committed more than $8.8 billion in arms and military training to Ukraine, whose leaders have asked Western allies for more help to fend off larger, heavily equipped Russian forces. . About $7 billion of this aid has been announced since the Russian invasion in February.

“We are going to support Ukraine for as long as it takes,” President Joe Biden said this week during a press conference at the NATO summit in Madrid. He argued that Russia had already suffered a blow to its international reputation and significant damage to its economy from Western sanctions imposed during the invasion.

G7 leaders sit at a round table as Ukrainian President Zelensky addresses them via video link during their working session on June 27, 2022 at Elmau Castle in Germany.
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The United States is giving Ukrainians “the ability” so that “they can continue to resist Russian aggression,” Biden said. “And so I don’t know how it’s going to end, but it’s not going to end with Russia defeating Ukraine in Ukraine.”

Much of the aid officially announced on Friday will take weeks or months to reach Ukraine.

Under the new package, the United States will purchase two systems known as NASAMS, a Norwegian-developed anti-aircraft system that is used to protect the airspace around the White House and Capitol in Washington. A senior defense official told reporters NASAMS is intended to help Ukraine shift away from using Soviet-era air defense systems which, in addition to being well known to Russians, must be repaired with hard-to-find spare parts. The official briefed reporters on condition of anonymity to discuss military assessments.

US announces $820 million in aid to Ukraine, including missile systems
A local resident walks past a heavily damaged building in the city of Sievierodonetsk, Luhansk region, Ukraine, July 1, 2022.
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US announces $820 million in aid to Ukraine, including missile systems
A destroyed tank is seen during the Ukraine-Russia Sievierodonetsk conflict in Lugansk region, Ukraine, July 1, 2022.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky expressed his gratitude.

“I am especially grateful today to the United States and to Biden personally for the Ukraine support package announced today, which includes the very powerful NASAMS – an anti-aircraft missile system that will significantly strengthen our air defense We worked hard for those supplies,” Zelensky said Friday night in his nightly video address.

US announces $820 million in aid to Ukraine, including missile systems
The United States answered Zelensky’s prayers this week by pledging to send millions to Ukraine in military aid.
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The Pentagon will also supply the Ukrainians with up to 150,000 155 millimeter artillery rounds. Given the heavy use of artillery on both sides, it is unclear how long these new rounds would last. The official declined to say how many estimated rounds Ukraine and Russia fire daily.

And the Pentagon will also buy four counter-artillery radars for Ukraine. These new purchases, funded by the Pentagon’s Ukrainian Security Assistance Initiative, require at least weeks for defense contractors to build. Ukrainians are also trained in the use of the new systems.

US announces $820 million in aid to Ukraine, including missile systems
A woman breaks down in front of her destroyed building in the town of Sievierodonetsk in the Luhansk region, Ukraine, June 30, 2022.
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The Pentagon will also provide additional munitions for the medium-range rocket systems it provided to Ukraine in June, known as High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, or HIMARS. The ammunition will come from the Ministry of Defense’s own inventory under the so-called drawdown authority and will be made available to Ukraine more quickly.

This is the 14th batch of arms and military equipment transferred to Ukraine from Ministry of Defense stocks since August 2021.

US announces $820 million in aid to Ukraine, including missile systems
Residential buildings collapse following a Russian missile strike in the village of Serhiivka, Odessa region, Ukraine, July 1, 2022.
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The war has evolved into a crushing stalemate in which both sides are heavily reliant on artillery, according to Western officials and analysts. Although Russia has not achieved its initial goals of overthrowing the Ukrainian government, it is believed to be making slow progress in consolidating control over the region of eastern Ukraine known as Donbass.

US announces $820 million in aid to Ukraine, including missile systems
A local resident rides a bicycle past a destroyed building in the city of Sievierodonetsk, Lugansk region, Ukraine, June 30, 2022.
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