On Thursday, the Pentagon announced another $ 400 million weapons package for Ukraine as Russia escalates attacks on critical infrastructure as winter approaches.
The new aid includes four Avenger air defense systems, missiles for HAWK air defense systems, ammunition for high mobility artillery missile systems, artillery shells and hundreds of grenade launchers.
It comes a week after the Pentagon announced a separate $ 400 million package, bringing the total aid the Biden administration sent to Ukraine to over $ 19 billion.
“When I was in Kiev last week, I had the opportunity to consult directly with President Zelenskyy and his team on the ground about what Ukraine needs to be in the strongest possible position on the battlefield,” he said. White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan at a press conference Thursday.
“This increased air defense will be critical for Ukraine as Russia continues to use Iranian cruise missiles and drones to attack critical civilian infrastructure.”
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Zelenskyy thanked the United States for the latest weapons package on Thursday.
“Together we are building an air shield to protect [Ukrainian] civilians, “tweeted Zelenskyy.” We’re nearing victory over the attacker! “
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The announcement also comes as some states continue to tabulate the votes in Tuesday’s midterm elections, with Republicans likely closing in on the House majority.
Representative Kevin McCarthy, R-California, who announced this week that he will run for House Speaker, told Punchbowl News last month that Republicans would not “write a blank check for Ukraine” if the GOP checks. the lower house.