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US to announce new military aid package for Ukraine

09.06.2023 10:15
The Pentagon announces a long-term arms package for Ukraine worth more than $2 billion, including a large number of air defense missiles, the Ukrinform news agency reported.  
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The funding, allocated through the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, will facilitate the acquisition of Hawk missile launchers and missiles. In addition, the package will cover two advanced Patriot air defense missile systems, The Kyiv Independent reported.

As Ukrinform informed, the US President is confident that with bipartisan support in Congress, Ukraine will receive the necessary help, including in the long term.

The announcement of the upcoming aid package, expected on June 9, coincides with military analysts suggesting that Ukraine's long-awaited counteroffensive is gaining momentum, Bloomberg reports. Following the Russian invasion, Ukraine's air defense capabilities were enhanced through the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative. “Its key focus is on long-term security needs rather than immediate battlefield requirements”, the Kyiv Independent notes.

In November, the U.S. announced its plans to provide Hawk systems from its stocks. However, refurbishment costs were covered by the initiative's funds, according to the Kyiv Independent. 


SOURCE: Ukrinform; kyivindependent.com; bloomberg.com