WASHINGTON, May 7 – US President Joe Biden signed a new $ 150 million weapons package in Ukraine on Friday, supplying more weapons, radar and other latest items to a series of transfers to help Kyiv repel a Russian attack.
“Today, the United States continues to strongly support the courageous Ukrainian people as they defend their country from the ongoing Russian violence,” Biden said in a statement.
The United States has pledged $ 3.4 billion worth of weapons to Ukraine since Russia’s attack on February 24, including Howitzers, anti-aircraft Stinger systems, Javelin anti-tank missiles, ammunition and newly launched “Ghost” aircraft.
The new package will cost $ 150 million and includes 25,000 155mm weapon rounds, counter-artillery radar, jamming machines, wild equipment and spare parts, the U.S. official said.
The first report to the latest collection of weapons.
The new transfers will come from the remaining $ 250 million to the Presidential Drawdown Authority, which allows the president to authorize the transfer of excessive weapons to US cells without congressional approval in response to an emergency.
Last month Biden proposed a $ 33 billion aid package in Ukraine, which includes more than $ 20 billion in military aid. Congress must approve a new funding package. The House of Representatives and Senate leaders said they wanted to leave immediately, but did not say when they would vote on Biden’s request.
Biden urged lawmakers to act swiftly, saying the latest arms authorization was “almost over” with the support of the towing authorities. “Congress should immediately provide the necessary support to strengthen Ukraine on the battlefield and at the negotiating table,” he said in a statement.
The United States has been training troops in Ukraine, outside Ukraine, on systems such as the Howitzers.
A new package has been announced as Biden prepares to join another Group of Seven Leaders on a video call Sunday in a joint demonstration with Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelenskiy the day before Russia celebrates its Victory Day holiday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is launching a war in Ukraine as a war to protect Russian speakers from Nazi persecution and to monitor what he calls a US threat to Russia posed by a NATO escalation.
Ukraine and Western nations dismiss the claim of fascism as baseless and say that Putin is fighting a war of attrition.
Ukraine and its allies say that after failing to seize the capital, Kyiv, Russian troops made little progress toward their goal of capturing the country to the east and south but the bombing affected many civilians.
Russia denies the allegations and says it only targeted military or strategic areas, not civilians.