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US to provide Ukraine with new package of aid worth $225 million: AP reveals details

US to provide Ukraine with new package of aid worth $225 million: AP reveals details Joe Biden, President of the US (photo: Getty Images)

The US will provide Ukraine with a new package of military aid as part of defense support, amounting to $225 million. It will include, among other things, ammunition for HIMARS and artillery shells, according to the Associated Press.

Officials from the US told journalists on Thursday, on condition of anonymity, about Washington's plans, as the aid, which has not yet been publicly announced, is being discussed.

It is noted that the weapons from the new American package will be able to be used by the Ukrainian Armed Forces to strike threats inside Russia to protect the city of Kharkiv from a powerful Russian attack.

According to American officials, the aid includes:

  • ammunition for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS),
  • mortar systems,
  • a range of artillery shells.

Package's feature

The new aid package is being provided through the authority of the President of the US to withdraw systems and ammunition from existing American stocks so that they can be quickly sent to Ukraine at the front lines.

Can be used for strikes against Russia

The AP agency notes that according to the new US directive, Ukraine may use such weapons to strike the territory of the aggressor country Russia if forces there are attacking or preparing to attack.

However, such lifting of the taboo by Washington for Kyiv does not apply to the use of ATACMS provided by the US, or long-range missiles and other ammunition for conducting offensive strikes inside Russia, according to American officials.

What preceded this

It is also noted that the new aid package comes at a time when US President Joe Biden, in his speech in Normandy (France) on the 80th anniversary of D-Day, promised that the US would not waiver in its defense of Ukraine against Russian aggression.

It is expected that on June 7, Biden will meet with his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, in Paris.

On June 5, White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan announced that the US would be delivering new aid packages to Ukraine in the coming weeks.

The White House also expressed the view that American weapons are changing the situation on the battlefield in Ukraine.