Washington (Times Of Ocean)- Some shipments of US military aid had arrived in Ukraine, CNN quoted a US official.
A White House official told the media outlet that some US military assistance had arrived in Ukraine.
Following a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, US President Joe Biden announced another $800 million in military assistance for Ukraine.
Biden told Zelenskyy that the latest weapons package would include systems already deployed to the fight as well as “new capabilities tailored to Russia’s expansion of its operations in eastern Ukraine.”
The new capabilities include artillery systems, artillery rounds, and armored personnel carriers. I have approved the transfer of additional helicopters as well. Additionally, we are facilitating the transfer of significant capabilities from our allies and partners around the world,” Biden wrote in a statement announcing the additional arms package.
Further, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby provided an overview of the latest weapons package during a briefing at the Pentagon. Multiple conversations with the Ukrainians led to the list of weapons, he said.
In addition to 11 Mi-17 helicopters, Kirby said the package will include 18 howitzers and 40,000 artillery rounds, 500 Javelin missiles, 300 armored vehicles, and 300 Switchblade drones, all of which were previously earmarked for Afghanistan before the United States-backed government collapsed.
Meanwhile, the Biden administration has received a formal diplomatic warning from the Russian government against arming Ukraine any further.
In a note to the State Department, Russia took offense at President Biden’s decision to approve arms transfers as the conflict moved to eastern Ukraine. Furthermore, Russia objects to efforts by the West to aid the Ukrainian military in resisting Russian invasion.
Previously, Antony Blinken described the strategy as part of a plan to increase Kyiv’s leverage at the negotiating table, in an effort to reach a negotiated settlement eventually. The Washington Post first reported the diplomatic note from Russia to the US, and quoted Russian officials as saying the weapons shipments could bring “unpredictable consequences.”Russia’s diplomatic note to the United States was first reported by the Washington Post, which quoted Russian officials as saying the shipment of weapons could bring unpredictable consequences.
A number of logistical issues have plagued Russian forces on the ground in Ukraine for seven weeks, including reports of fuel and food shortages, as well as frostbite.
As missile strikes hit Ukraine’s capital Kyiv and other cities, Russia Sunday said its troops had cleared the urban area of Mariupol and only a few Ukrainian fighters remained in a steelworks in the besieged southern port.
On a conference call with reporters last week, a senior U.S. defense official already said that Russia is preparing to launch a “new push” in the eastern part of Ukraine.
In midst-April, Ukraine announced its forces damaged Russian Black Sea fleet flagship Moskva as the conflict enters its 50th day. Two Ukrainian Neptune anti-ship missiles struck the Russian cruiser Moskva on April 13, a top U.S. defense official said Friday, contradicting Russian claimed that the flagship of the Black Sea fleet sank due to an accidental explosion.
Since Kremlin’s Feb. 24 invasion, the Biden administration has staffed more than 100,000 troops in NATO-member countries and approved $2.6 billion in security assistance. Washington also has provided Ukraine with a total of $3.2 billion since Biden took office, the White House said.
In addition, NATO has placed 140 warships and 130 aircraft on alert. At the same time, NATO has consistently warned Putin that an attack on a NATO member state will trigger Article 5, NATO’s cornerstone.
Since 2002, Ukraine has sought NATO membership. The country is bordered by Slovakia, Hungary, Romania as well as Poland – where the majority of the troops from the 30-member alliance are stationed. Poland has also served as a refugee destination for many refugees fleeing the conflict.
At least 1,982 civilians have been killed in the Russia-Ukraine war as of Friday, the UN reported, while the number of people fleeing has risen to more than 4.6 million.
At least 2,651 more people have been injured in Ukraine since Feb. 24, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said in a statement.