Washington will send HIMARS ammunition, artillery shells, anti-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems and radars to Ukraine as the next military aid. This was reported on September 15 by the press service of the Pentagon.
The US administration included 36,000 105mm artillery shells, 1,000 155mm high-precision artillery shells, four anti-artillery radars, as well as small arms and ammunition in the aid package for Kyiv.
“In total, the United States has provided about $15.8 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the administration took office. [президента Джо] Biden,” the statement said.
Earlier that day, it was reported that US President Joe Biden ordered another $600 million military aid package to be provided to Kyiv.
The day before, Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov expressed the opinion that the American side did everything to turn Ukraine “into a training ground for the disposal of obsolete and testing new NATO weapons” in an attempt to counter Russian weapons.
Prior to this, on September 8, Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin said that the American leader approved the allocation of military assistance to Kyiv for $675 million. He noted that the new package included HARM anti-radar missiles, 105-mm M101 howitzers and shells for them, Humvee jeeps, anti-tank systems, as well as small arms and ammunition.
State Department spokesman Ned Price said that Washington is sending weapons to Ukraine only to protect its territory.
According to a CNN report, the United States will not supply Ukraine with ATACMS tactical ballistic missiles with a range of up to 300 km. The Biden administration believes that the appearance of such weapons in Ukraine will lead to an escalation of the conflict with Russia, since these shells can be used to hit targets on the territory of the Russian Federation.
Western countries have increased the supply of weapons and military equipment to Kyiv for a special military operation to protect the Donbass, the beginning of which Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on February 24. The decision to hold it was made against the background of the aggravation of the situation in the region due to shelling by the Ukrainian military, in connection with which the authorities of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics turned to Moscow for help.
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