The US military is providing a new $675 million aid package, this will include howitzers, artillery ammunition, Humvees, armored ambulances, anti-tank systems and much interesting pieces of hardware, the Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said.
During the fifth meeting with the Ukrainian Defence Contact Group at the US airbase Ramstein in Germany on Thursday, Austin said the military aid will help Ukrainian forces as their counteroffensive evolves.
The US President Joe Biden has also approved another $6.3 billion in security assistance to the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said, “The first good news from the Ramstein 5!
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“Another tranche of US security assistance for Ukraine ($675 million) will include howitzers, artillery munitions, Humvees, armored ambulances, anti-tank systems and more.
“Thank you to President Joe Biden, Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin and the American people.”
Associated Press said, citing the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken that along with 18 other European countries they will all provide a total of $2bn in military assistance.
The Pentagon reported at the end of August that since January 2021 the US has provided more than $13.5 billion in security to Ukraine and with this new aid package it will now exceed $14 billion.
Ukrainian forces have now recaptured more than 20 villages and Kyiv are remaining tight lipped not to disclose any more details in order not to compromise the military operation, Brigadier General Oleksiy Gromov confirmed.
Ukraine are also directing more focus in the Kherson region and Russia are “partially demoralised,” but they continue to resist Ukrainian forces.
Vladimir Putin has also received yet another “serious blow” as “entire units have been wiped out” as Ukraine’s counteroffensive gathers momentum in the Kherson region.
Deputy Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Oleksiy Hromov said on Thursday afternoon, “The grouping of the defense forces continues to conduct active operations in Kherson direction. There are battles to improve the situation along the front line.
“The enemy is partially demoralized, but continues to resist.
“In general, our units in some areas have advanced deep into the enemy’s defense from two to several tens of kilometers.”