The United States announces the second aid package for Ukraine in the last 24 hours

The United States announces the second aid package for Ukraine in the last 24 hours

Washington – He United States Department of Defense This Thursday, Ukraine announced a new military assistance package so that the European country can defend itself on the battlefield.the second similar announcement in the last 24 hours.

The package, of $600 million value and provided through the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI), includes equipment to increase air defenses as well as artillery ammunition or mine clearance equipment, among others.

“The United States will continue to work with its allies and partners to provide Ukraine with capabilities to meet its immediate battlefield needs and its longer-term security assistance needs.”the Department of Defense noted in a statement.

This announcement comes just one day after the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinkenwill make a surprise visit to kyiv to reaffirm the country’s support and announce an aid package that exceeds $1 billion destined not only for defense but also for humanitarian support.

A total of 175 million corresponded to military aid and for the first time ammunition with depleted uranium for tanks was included.

This 120 millimeter caliber ammunition is intended for Abrams tanks, the Pentagon detailed yesterday in a statement.

The use of depleted uranium shells, which have greater armor-piercing capabilities, has long been a controversial issue due to their potential health and environmental impacts.

However, in a press conference held this Thursday, Pentagon deputy spokesperson Sabrina Singh noted that, Despite Russian criticism, there is no evidence that the depleted uranium ammunition that it has decided to deliver to Ukraine causes cancer.

Although today the Department of Defense did not recount the aid offered to Ukraine, the Pentagon noted in its statement yesterday that the package announced on Wednesday is the 46th that, since August 2021, the administration of Joe Biden has supplied.

Since the start of the Russian invasion in February 2022, Joe Biden’s administration has allocated more than $43 billion in security aid to Ukraine and maintains that its support will continue as long as necessary.

This latest package announced today is announced a few hours before the start of the G20 summit that will be held in India this weekend and in which Ukraine will be one of the topics that the main world leaders will discuss.

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