US sends additional $800 million in security aid to Ukraine as war evolves

Washington— The United States will send an additional $800 million in weapons, ammunition and other security aid to Ukraine as the country continues to defend itself against Russia and prepares for escalating attacks expected in his eastern region of Donbass, President Biden announced on Wednesday.

The latest assistance package will contain new capabilities for Ukraine, including artillery systems, artillery shells and armored personnel carriers, Biden said in a statement. The president also approved the transfer of additional helicopters, he said.

“The steady supply of weapons that the United States and its allies and partners have provided to Ukraine has been essential to sustaining its fight against the Russian invasion. It has helped Putin to fail in his goals of initial war to conquer and control Ukraine,” Mr. Biden said. “We can’t rest now.”

The president spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for nearly an hour earlier Wednesday, during which he briefed his Ukrainian counterpart on the additional $800 million, Biden said.

“The Ukrainian army has used the weapons we provide to devastating effect,” the president said. “As Russia prepares to step up its attack in the Donbass region, the United States will continue to provide Ukraine with the capabilities to defend itself.”

As Russian forces withdrew from Ukraine’s capital Kyiv, Zelenskyy warned that the war Russia launched in late February was entering a new phase and that evidence that Russian troops had committed atrocities against civilians continued to mount. ‘accumulate.

CBS News found evidence mass graves and bodies on the streets of Bucha, a town outside kyiv, earlier this month after Russian troops left the area. The atrocities caused a global outcry, with Mr Biden call Russian President Vladimir Putin a “war criminal” last week and accusing him of committing “genocide” on Tuesday during a visit to Iowa.

After suffering setbacks in parts of Ukraine and failing to capture the capital, Putin said on Tuesday that Russian troops would turn their attention to the eastern region of Donbass. The Russian president promised that “the military operation will continue until its complete completion”.

The United States has provided Ukraine more than $2.4 billion in military aid since Mr. Biden took office, committing more than 1,400 Stinger anti-aircraft systems, 5,000 Javelin anti-armour systems and hundreds Switchblade drones, among other equipment and weapons, according to the Department of Defense.

But Zelenskyy pleaded with American and European allies to provide the country with additional heavy weapons such as armored vehicles, air defense systems and military aircraft, warning that failure to do so will lead to further bloodshed and destruction.

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