U.S. announces $1.1 billion more in military aid for Ukraine

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Washington — The U.S. volition supply an further $1.1 cardinal successful assistance to Ukraine, with backing for astir 18 much precocious rocket systems and different weapons to antagonistic drones that Russia has been utilizing against Ukrainian troops, the Biden medication announced Wednesday.

The latest bundle is being provided nether the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, which funds contracts to acquisition weapons and equipment. And it brings the full of U.S. assistance to Ukraine to astir $17 cardinal since the Biden medication took office.

The assistance announcement comes arsenic Russia moves to annex parts of Russian-occupied Ukraine that held Kremlin-orchestrated referendums connected surviving nether Moscow's rule. The votes were denounced by Kyiv and the West arsenic amerciable and rigged.

"We volition not beryllium deterred from supporting Ukraine, we volition proceed to basal with the Ukrainian people, and supply them with the information assistance they request to support themselves, for arsenic agelong arsenic it takes," White House property caput Karine Jean-Pierre said.

Since the backing is for contracts for weapons and equipment, it is aimed astatine helping Ukraine unafraid its longer-term defence needs. It could instrumentality a twelvemonth oregon 2 for Ukraine to get the systems. The U.S. has utilized Pentagon drawdown authorization to supply weapons much immediately, and different announcement for that Defense Department assistance is expected aboriginal adjacent week.

The bundle includes backing for 18 of the High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System, oregon HIMARS, and ammunition for them, and 12 Titan systems, which are utilized to antagonistic drones. Officials person said the HIMARS and different akin systems were cardinal to Ukraine's conflict successes successful caller weeks. And the Russians person been utilizing Iranian-made drones to people Ukrainian forces, underscoring the request for much systems to antagonistic that threat.

Russia Ukraine War A motorboat motortruck fires the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) during combat grooming successful the precocious godforsaken of the Yakima Training Center, Washington, successful May 23, 2011. Tony Overman/The Olympian via AP

Also successful the bundle is backing for astir 300 vehicles, dozens of trucks and trailers to transport dense equipment, a assortment of radars, communications and surveillance equipment, and different cogwheel for soldiers. It besides volition see backing for instrumentality to observe explosives and for attraction and training.

The war, present successful its seventh month, has shifted to a caller phase, arsenic Russia tries to rebound from caller combat losses and usage the referendums to politically solidify the gains it had made successful the 4 occupied regions successful the southbound and east.

Pro-Russia officials successful Ukraine's Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia regions said Wednesday they would inquire Russian President Vladimir Putin to incorporated their provinces into Russia. It wasn't instantly wide however the administrative process would unfold.

Jean-Pierre said the U.S. has determined that Russia falsified the results of the referendums, which it said showed overwhelming enactment for annexation.

"These truthful called referenda person been an workout successful coercion and disinformation, executed by puppet authorities pursuing orders from Russia," she said.

Jean-Pierre signaled that the White House was preparing caller sanctions against Russia successful effect to the referendums, saying the U.S. and its allies planned to enforce a "severe economical outgo connected Russia erstwhile they determination guardant with annexation."

In: War Ukraine Russia United States Military Vladimir Putin Karine Jean-Pierre

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