Report: US to announce $1.2 billion long-term military aid to Ukraine
The United States is expected to announce a new $1.2 billion long-term military aid package to Ukraine on Tuesday, The Associated Press reported citing unnamed US officials.
The package is designed to further bolster Ukraine’s air defenses in the conflict with Russia, the report said.
The funds, to be provided under the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, are to be spent over months or even years to ensure Ukraine’s future security needs.
The package includes air defense systems, munitions and drones, artillery, rockets, satellite imagery assistance, and maintenance funding.
Russia earlier sent a note to NATO because of arms supply to Ukraine. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said any cargo that contains weapons for Ukraine will become a legitimate target for Russia.
Russia has been conducting a special military operation in Ukraine since February 24, 2022.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the operation aims to “protect people subjected to genocide by the Kiev regime for eight years.”
According to the president, the ultimate goal of the operation is to liberate Donbas and create conditions that guarantee Russia’s security.