Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday thanked his United States counterpart, Joe Biden, for saying a contemporary package deal, within the type of navy assist and price USD 800 million, to assist the war-ravaged nation which, since February 24, has been underneath an invasion from its neighbour Russia.
“I am grateful to @POTUS and the American folks for the management in supporting the folks of Ukraine within the combat in opposition to Russian aggression. This assist is required immediately greater than ever! It saves the lives of our defenders of democracy and freedom and brings us nearer to restoring peace in Ukraine,” Zelensky posted on Twitter.
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Zelensky’s response got here shortly after Biden introduced the newest package deal for the east European nation. In line with Pentagon, the package deal contains 155mm howziters (72), armoured autos to tow them (72), ammunition (144,000 rounds), in addition to greater than 120 tactical drones, known as ‘Phoenix Ghost’, developed by the US Air Drive particularly to deal with Ukraine’s wants.
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In additional motion in opposition to Moscow, the Democrat additionally introduced a ban on Russia-affiliated ships at US ports, including that the US treasury is placing up an extra USD 500 million for Ukraine to pay salaries, pensions and supply providers. “We’re in a crucial window now of time the place that they are going to set the stage for the following section of this conflict. And the US and our allies and companions are transferring as quick as potential to proceed to supply Ukraine … the weapons their forces have to defend their nation,” he stated.
Final week too, Biden announced a navy assist package deal, additionally price USD 800 million, for Ukraine. In all, since January 2021, when the Biden administration assumed workplace, Washington has delivered arms and ammunition, price USD 4 billion, to Kyiv.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine started on February 24.
(With AFP inputs)