Ukrainian troops fireplace with surface-to-surface rockets MLRS in the direction of Russian positions at a entrance line within the jap Ukrainian area of Donbas on June 7, 2022.
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WASHINGTON – The Biden administration introduced $1.1 billion in further safety help for Ukraine on Wednesday, bringing U.S. dedication to greater than $16.2 billion since Russia’s invasion in late February.
The announcement of the upcoming help package deal, the twenty second such installment, follows referendums held in 4 Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine which are backed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The votes, extensively seen as rigged and illegitimate, are to find out if Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson ought to grow to be a part of Russia. They have been criticized as a scheme by Putin to pave the best way for Russia to announce it has annexed extra of Ukraine by the tip of the week.
Earlier this week, the White Home stated the U.S. would by no means acknowledge the outcomes of the “sham referendum” and would proceed offering Kyiv with navy and humanitarian assist.
The most recent U.S. safety package deal consists of 18 Excessive Mobility Artillery Rocket Programs, or HIMARS, in addition to munitions for these techniques, 150 armored multipurpose autos, 150 tactical autos to tow weapons, 40 vans and 80 trailers to move heavy tools, two radars for unmanned aerial techniques, 20 multi-mission radars in addition to safe communication techniques and physique armor.
Not like a presidential drawdown authority, which pulls weapons straight from U.S. stockpiles, the newest safety help package deal is allowed by means of the Ukraine Safety Help Initiative, or USAI, which makes use of funds appropriated by Congress.
The USAI funds America’s protection trade to scale up arms manufacturing.
Undersecretary of Protection for Coverage Colin Kahl advised reporters on the Pentagon final month that USAI packages can sometimes take months or years to ship relying on the protection contracting course of.
NATO allies even have bolstered safety all through the area, taken in refugees and skilled Ukrainian forces.