America will present air protection techniques and surface-to-air missiles to Ukraine as a part of a brand new $400 million safety help bundle, the Pentagon introduced on Thursday.
With “Russia’s unrelenting and brutal air assaults on Ukrainian civilian and significant infrastructure, extra air protection capabilities are crucial,” Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Sabrina Singh informed journalists.
The bundle consists of 4 short-range, extremely cell Avenger air protection techniques — the primary time they’ve been offered to Ukraine — in addition to the Stinger missiles they fireplace.
Additionally within the bundle are missiles for HAWK air protection techniques that Spain has agreed to supply, artillery and mortar rounds, ammunition for Himars precision rocket launchers, and greater than 20 million rounds of small arms ammunition.
The HAWK missiles will likely be refurbished with Ukraine Safety Help Initiative funds, which pay for procurement of kit from the protection trade. Different gadgets within the bundle will likely be taken from current US inventories.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked his US counterpart Joe Biden and the American folks for the help.
“Collectively we’re constructing an air defend to guard (Ukrainian) civilians. We’re bringing victory over the aggressor nearer!” Zelensky tweeted.
The bundle brings to greater than $18.6 billion the whole US safety help in Ukraine since Russian forces invaded in February.
The safety help announcement got here a day after high US Basic Mark Milley mentioned greater than 100,000 Russian army personnel have been killed or wounded in Ukraine, with Kyiv’s forces doubtless struggling comparable casualties.
Milley additionally mentioned there’s a likelihood for talks on ending the struggle, and that army victory might not be potential for both Russia or Ukraine.
Russia in the meantime introduced Thursday that its forces have begun retreating from Ukraine’s southern metropolis of Kherson — a significant blow to Moscow’s army marketing campaign.
“We’re seeing some indications of Russian forces withdrawing from Kherson metropolis, however it’s too early to make a full evaluation of… what meaning,” Singh mentioned.