US pledges $820 million in aid to Ukraine, including missile systems, as war in Russia drags on – National

The US announced on Friday it will send $820 million in new military aid to Ukraine, including new surface-to-air missile systems and counter-artillery radars, in response to Russia’s heavy reliance on long-range strikes in the war.

Russia has fired dozens of missiles over Ukraine in recent days, pinning down Ukrainian forces with continuous fire, sometimes for hours. Ukraine’s leaders have publicly called on Western allies to quickly send more ammunition and advanced systems that will help them fill the gap in equipment and manpower.

All told, the US has provided more than $8.8 billion in arms and military training to Ukraine, whose leaders have sought more help from Western allies to fend off larger and heavily equipped Russian forces. About $7 billion of that aid has been announced since the Russian invasion in February.

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“We will support Ukraine for as long as it takes,” President Joe Biden said at a news conference during the NATO summit in Madrid this week. He argued that Russia had already suffered a blow to its international reputation and major damage to its economy from Western sanctions imposed over the invasion.

The US is giving Ukrainians “the capacity” to “continue to resist Russian aggression,” Biden said. “And so I don’t know how it will end, but it will not end with a Russian defeat of Ukraine in Ukraine.”

As part of the new package, the US will buy two systems known as NASAMS, a Norwegian-developed anti-aircraft system that will be used to protect the airspace around the White House and Capitol in Washington. The Pentagon will also provide the Ukrainians with up to 150,000 rounds of 155mm artillery ammunition.

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The Pentagon will also provide additional munitions for medium-range missile systems it made available to Ukraine in June, known as High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, or HIMARS. The ammunition will come from the Department of Defense’s own inventory under the so-called drawdown authority. This is the 14th batch of military arms and equipment transferred to Ukraine from Defense Ministry stocks since August 2021.

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The war has spiraled into a grueling stalemate in which both sides rely heavily on artillery, Western officials and analysts have said. Though Russia failed to achieve its original goals of overthrowing the Ukrainian government, it is believed to be making slow progress in consolidating control of the eastern Ukrainian region known as Donbass.

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