White House communications coordinator John Kirby said Washington sees no prospect of halting military action in Ukraine in the coming months, stressing the importance of continuing to provide military assistance to Kiev.
“Aid is important”
“We can safely say that we don’t expect the Russians to throw up their hands and stop fighting within the next couple of months,” Kirby said. Aid is very important.
On Friday, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced a US military aid package of more than $3.75 billion for Ukraine and countries affected by the Russian military operation.
The new aid includes supplying Ukraine with Bradley fighting vehicles, artillery systems, armored personnel carriers, surface-to-air missiles, munitions and other items in support of Kiev.
The value of the aid will reach 2.85 billion dollars.
In turn, the US Department of Defense has revealed that the delivery of Bradley combat vehicles to Ukraine will take several months.
“Putin hasn’t given up on his goals”
In a statement on Friday, he indicated that Russian President Vladimir Putin has not abandoned his goals in Ukraine, citing that Ukraine today saw clashes despite Moscow’s declaration of a ceasefire.
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In turn, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky expressed his gratitude for the recent US decision.
In his video address, he said that Washington’s decision to supply his country with Bradley armored vehicles is exactly what it needs.
Billions in help
Interestingly, with these numbers, the value of US aid to the Ukrainian war effort climbs into the billions of dollars.
The US Treasury announced months ago that US aid would support basic government operations, help ease the suffering of the Ukrainian people, and strengthen Ukrainian resistance.
Interestingly, Western aid has been pouring into Kiev since the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine last February, but their intensity increased markedly after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the annexation of the four Ukrainian regions to his country last October.
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