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US sends additional military aid to Ukraine

The first batch of 90 tons of lethal US weapons arrived in Kyiv on Saturday, as negotiations between Washington and Moscow on Russian military reinforcements on the border with Ukraine remain at an impasse.

“The first of several shipments totaling $200 million in security assistance to Ukraine’s armed forces, authorized by President (Joe) Biden in December, arrived at Borispol Airport in Kyiv,” the US embassy said. in Kyiv in a message on Facebook.

The handover is part of additional military aid to Kyiv at a time of border tension with Russia and “demonstrates Washington’s firm commitment” to Ukraine’s right to self-defense, the note said.

The United States has pledged that it will continue to support the Ukrainian army in its “continued effort” to defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity “from Russian aggression”.

The US arms arrive in Ukraine a few days after the visit to Kyiv of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who promised on the 19th to increase military aid to Ukraine in the face of a possible Russian invasion.

According to the US embassy, last year Washington supported Kyiv with military aid worth $650 million.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov today thanked the United States, and in particular Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, for military assistance to Kyiv and “unconditional” support.

Military cooperation with Washington will continue, Reznikov said on the social network Twitter.

In an attempt to ease tensions over Ukraine, Blinken and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, met on Friday in Geneva, without any concrete results.

When other countries pledged to send military support to Ukraine, German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said that Berlin would not, for the moment, choose to do so, in line with its policy of banning the sending of lethal weapons to areas of conflict.

Source: with agencies

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