International Desk: The United States is going to announce a huge aid package to the war-torn Ukraine to counter the aggression of Russia. The new aid package will amount to more than $2 billion and will allow Ukraine to strengthen its air defenses. Reuters reported this information in a report on Friday (June 9).
According to reports, the United States will announce a new arms package worth more than $2 billion for Ukraine, Bloomberg News reported Thursday, citing US administration officials. The aid package is likely to be announced on Friday.
The aid fund, under the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, will focus on air defense weapons and help Ukraine buy Hawk missile launchers and two types of advanced Patriot air defense missiles, the report said. Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden said, the US will finance Ukraine through the allocation of funds "as long as necessary". He said this in a joint press conference with visiting British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
President Joe Biden said on Thursday that the United States would provide long-term military aid to Ukraine despite hesitation among some opposition Republican Party lawmakers, news agency AFP reported. In a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, the Democratic president said, "The fact is - I believe we will have the necessary funds to help Ukraine as long as it takes." Earlier last week, the Pentagon announced a new $300 million arms package for Ukraine. The new aid package includes air defense systems as well as millions of rounds of ammunition.
The U.S. Department of Defense said at the time that the latest aid would bring the total amount of U.S. security assistance to Ukraine to $3,760 million since the February 2022 invasion of Russia. It should be noted that in February 2022, Russia started military operations in Ukraine. Since the start of the Russian invasion, the United States, through NATO and other allies, has led the way in providing arms and other aid to Ukraine.
In addition, the announcement of sending this latest military aid came at a time when Ukraine is preparing a counter-attack to take back the eastern and southern regions of the country occupied by Russian forces. However, Ukraine has been planning a counter-attack for the past few months. But Ukraine is taking as much time as possible to train troops and receive military equipment from Western allies before launching that offensive.