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U.S. announces nearly $800 million more military aid for Ukraine

U.S. announces nearly $800 million more military aid for Ukraine

Washington, Aug 19 (Prensa Latina) The US announced on Friday it will give Ukraine Scan Eagle surveillance drones, mine-resistant vehicles, anti-armor rounds and howitzer weapons to help Ukrainian forces regain territory and mount a counteroffensive against Russian invaders.

Pentagon informed on Friday that it will keep constant flow of ammunition for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) and other artilleries to disrupt the Russian supply lines.

A senior defense official told reporters that a new $775 million aid package will include 15 Scan Eagles, 40 mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles known as MRAPs with mine-clearing rollers, and 2,000 anti-armor rounds that can help Ukraine troops move forward in the south and east, where Russian forces have placed mines.

A Defense Department official on condition of anonymity told U.S. media that the Ukrainians lacked sufficient troops and combat power to drive Russian troops from their defensive positions.

Early-August, Washington announced $1 billion military aid package, the largest ever, including also arms, ammunition and other military equipment.

This latest aid comes as Russia’s war on Ukraine is about to reach the six-month mark. It brings the total U.S. military aid to Ukraine to about $10.6 billion since the beginning of the Biden administration. It is the 19th time the Pentagon has provided equipment from Defense Department stocks to Ukraine since August 2021.

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