US Defense Secretary Austin said the Biden administration has approved a proposal for additional military aid of $ 675 million for Ukraine.
“This is the 20th time the Biden administration has withdrawn equipment from the US military aid to Ukraine since August 2021,” US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said today at a meeting of the International Contact Group. Ukraine Room at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.
The meeting was attended by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Defense Ministers of Ukraine and other allied countries.
According to Austin, this support package includes 105 mm cannon, GMLRS precision-guided rockets and artillery shells. The US defense secretary described Ukraine as “at a critical juncture”, with Ukrainian forces starting a counterattack in the south on August 29.
“The landscape of the war is changing, and so is the mission of the liaison team,” Austin said. He called on all parties to work together to support Ukraine in the long run.
Last week, the White House asked Congress to allocate an additional $11.7 billion for military assistance to Ukraine, including $4.5 billion for the procurement of equipment and weapons.
The United States has pledged more than $13.5 billion in military aid to Ukraine since the outbreak of hostilities on February 24. White House officials say about three-quarters of these have been disbursed or approved. The US is also the most supportive party to Ukraine, sending a lot of equipment to Kiev, including HIMARS rocket systems, M777 howitzers and combat drones.
After more than 6 months of conducting a special military operation, Russia is controlling 1/5 of the area of Ukraine. They have occupied Lugansk province and are targeting targets in Donetsk province to complete “liberation of Donbass”.
Russia also controls large areas of the southern and southeastern coasts of Ukraine, creating a corridor on the Donbass link with the Crimean peninsula. Russia’s ruling party proposed on September 7 to hold referendums on the annexation of Russian-controlled Ukrainian territories by November.
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