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US to Provide New Military Aid to Ukraine | War in Ukraine

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To a reporter who asked if the United States would send another artillery, President Joe Biden replied yeswithout, however, giving details of the extent of the aid.

Both media sources, however, say the new package should be comparable to the US$800 million (just over C$1 billion) package announced last week.

The tranche of aid announced last Wednesday included among others 18 M777 Howitzer howitzers and 40,000 155mm artillery rounds, 11 Mi-17 helicopters, 10 AN/TPQ36 mobile anti-artillery radars and two AN/MPQ64 Sentinel anti-aircraft radars, 500 Javelin anti-tank missiles and thousands of other anti-tank systems200 M113 armored personnel carriers, 100 Humvee light armored vehicles, 300 kamikaze drones Switchblade as well as protective equipment against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons.

Quoted by MSNBC, a special adviser to the White House National Security Council explained that Ukrainian forces quickly deplete these stocks.

According to a US official quoted by NBC News, the promised 40,000 artillery rounds would only last a little over a week, since the Ukrainian army uses thousands of artillery rounds a day.

If as large as expected, this week’s aid package would bring total US military aid to Ukraine to over US$3 billion since the invasion of Russia there. almost two months old.

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The Pentagon also indicated that the Ukrainian army had received additional planes and spare parts to repair damaged aircraft. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby did not specify which countries provided them, but said they were not provided by the United States.

Canada, although a more modest player, will also continue to send military equipment to Ukraine. Ottawa will even send “heavy artillery to Ukraine,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Tuesday.

According to a senior US Defense Department official, Russia has increased its military presence in eastern and southern Ukraine, bringing the total of battalions in the country to 76.

Western allies discussed security guarantees for Ukraine

The situation in Ukraine was also the subject of a call by videoconference bringing together in particular US President Joe Biden and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, as well as the Canadian Prime Ministers Justin Trudeau, British Boris Johnson, Italian Mario Draghi as well as the German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, and the Secretary General of theNorth Atlantic Treaty Organization Jens Stoltenberg.

We agreed to work together to find a long-term security solution so that Ukraine can never be attacked in this way again.said Boris Johnson on Twitter.

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Similarly, an adviser to President Macron said that the allied countries had discussed how to provide security guarantees to Ukraine at the end of the war, if the country did not become a member of theNorth Atlantic Treaty Organizationwhose charter provides for an automatic military mechanism.

Our country is ready to give security guarantees. These are the supply of military equipment to Ukraine in such a way that it can face a new aggression if necessary, and also guarantees that would involve us in the sense that, if Ukraine is attacked, we could assess the means of assisting it and enabling it to restore its sovereignty and territorial integrityhe said, quoted by Reuters.

The allies also agreed on the need to increase the international isolation of Moscowin particular through sanctions, for its part specified the Italian government.

The Italian announcement was confirmed by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in a tweet: We will again tighten our sanctions against Russia.

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