The US are to send “critical new security assistance for Ukraine” in a £2 billion weapons package which will include “HIMARS” and “more ammunition.”
The US President Joe Biden’s administration has asked the US Department of Defence (DoD) to provide further support for Ukraine to help the country “defend itself.”
The support includes Patriot air defence along with the deadly High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), anti-tank rockets, air surveillance and vast range of different calibre ammunition, tank rounds and artillery rounds.
The DoD said in a the security assistance includes “more ammunition for US-provided HIMARS, air defence interceptors, and artillery rounds that Ukraine is using to defend itself.”
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The DoD statement pledged to keep on supporting Ukraine, “The United States will continue to work with its Allies and partners to provide Ukraine with capabilities to meet its immediate battlefield needs and longer-term security assistance requirements.”
The US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken met with Ukrainian foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba in Brussels for a meeting to discuss Russia‘s aggression.
Blinken wrote on Twitter, “As Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and I discussed in Brussels today, the United States and our Allies remain committed to supporting Ukraine’s defence against Russia’s aggression. A strong, independent, democratic Ukraine is critical to European security.”
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, said during a meeting with top Russian military leaders that further military support to Ukraine will lead to an escalation of the war in Europe.
Military analyst and former Air Vice Marshall, Sean Bell warned that the “buffer zones” which once existed but are now no longer runs the “risk of friction” as the West and Russia are “building the foundations of a new Cold War.”
Speaking to Sky News Bell said in reference to Finland now being part of NATO, “It’s going to increase tensions, it has reduced the buffer zones that existed and therefore runs the risk of friction.”
He added that we now “no longer have the buffer zones that we had that served us so well for the last Cold War.”