The Pentagon said today that the ‘drones’ that US President Joe Biden announced to send to Ukraine to help Ukrainians defend themselves from the Russian offensive will serve to “deal a blow to Russia”.
Who said it was a senior US defense official in a conversation with journalists, without specifying whether the ‘drones’ will be armed or if they will only be for surveillance.
The same source declined to provide further details on the drones, which will be deployed “as soon as possible”, adding that Russia’s advance remains stalled near Kyiv, where no “tangible” progress has been made.
Faced with this situation, Moscow is moving its forces from the rear to the forefront, he said.
According to the United States, since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, Russia has launched more than 980 missiles against Ukrainian territory.
So far, the Pentagon has received no indication that Russian forces will launch an amphibious attack on Odessa on the Black Sea, despite increasing attacks on that Ukrainian city by Kremlin naval artillery.
Joe Biden announced today the deployment of more anti-aircraft weapons and ‘drones’ to help Ukraine defend itself against Russia, as well as an additional 800 million dollars (727.7 million euros) in military assistance.
“The world is united in our support for Ukraine and in our determination to make [Russian President Vladimir] Putin pay a heavy price,” Biden said, as he announced further support for Ukraine and hours after his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, to have asked the US Congress for a no-fly zone over Ukraine or air defense systems.
“We will give Ukraine the weapons to fight and defend itself through all the difficult days ahead,” Biden added.
In practice, the assistance will take the form of direct transfers of equipment from the US Department of Defense to the Ukrainian military to help them defend their country against “unprovoked and unwarranted invasion by Russia”.
The military assistance package announced today includes, among many others, 800 Stinger anti-aircraft systems, 6,000 anti-armor systems, 100 grenade launchers, 20 million small arms and mortar rounds, 400 rifles and 100 tactical unmanned aerial systems (‘ drones’).
According to the White House, the US$800 million announced today brings US assistance to Ukraine to US$1 billion (€910 million) just last week, for a total of US$2 billion (€1,800). million euros) since the beginning of the Biden government.
“This may be a long and difficult battle. But the American people will stand firm in their support of the people of Ukraine in the face of Putin’s immoral and unethical attacks on civilian populations,” said US Head of State Joe Biden.
While Biden responded to Zelensky’s calls for more help, allowing the Ukrainian army to equip itself with more efficient equipment, that help fell short of what was actually called for by his Ukrainian counterpart: a no-fly zone or fighter jets.
In a live videoconference broadcast, Zelensky addressed the United States Congress this morning and cited the attacks on Pearl Harbor and on September 11, 2001, in New York, to compare the horrors that the Ukrainian people have been experiencing.
“We need you now,” he appealed, adding that “Russia has turned the Ukrainian sky into a source of death for thousands of people.”
Zelensky also urged the US to impose new sanctions on Moscow and Russian politicians “every week, until the Russian military machine stops”, and for all US companies to leave the Russian market “because it is awash with blood”.
On February 24, Russia launched a military offensive in Ukraine that has already caused at least 726 deaths and more than 1,170 injuries, including a few dozen children, and caused the flight of about 4.8 million people, including three million. to neighboring countries, according to the latest UN data.
The Russian invasion was condemned by the generality of the international community, which responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and reinforcing economic and political sanctions on Moscow.
Source: with agencies