Pentagon announces $300 million worth of military air systems and weapons for Ukraine

The Department of Defense announced Friday that the United States will provide Ukraine with $300 million in additional Ukraine security assistance.

In a press release, the department said it had notified Congress of “additional assistance activities under the authority of the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI).”

The money is intended to strengthen Ukraine’s defenses against the Russian invasion which has been going on for more than a month.

This package includes tactical secure communication systems, anti-unmanned aerial system, non-standard machine guns and other defense systems.

“This decision underscores the United States’ unwavering commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in support of its heroic efforts to repel Russia’s war of choice,” the Department of Defense said. .

Since the start of the war, the United States has provided Ukraine with more than $2.3 billion in defense assistance.

The money arrived the same day a US official told the New York Times that the United States would help its allies give Ukraine Soviet-made tanks in response to a plea from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The official, who spoke with the outlet on condition of anonymity, did not give a specific timeline for the transfer of the tanks, but said it would happen soon.

So far, the United States has provided military and humanitarian resources to Ukraine and imposed crushing economic sanctions on Russian institutions and officials with close ties to the Kremlin.

Additionally, Congress passed a massive bill in early March to finance the government, which included $13.6 billion in aid to Ukraine.

However, the Biden administration and other Western leaders have refrained from granting Zelensky’s demand for a no-fly zone to protect the country’s airspace.

President Biden himself has said that the United States will not declare a no-fly zone in order to keep the country out of direct conflict with nuclear power Russia.

NATO countries were careful not to get directly involved in the war, but pledged to engage if Russia attacked any member of the alliance.

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