Washington, March 20 – The Pentagon said in a statement issued that the volume of US military assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of the current administration headed by President Joe Biden has exceeded $33 billion.
“Cumulatively, the United States has provided more than $33.2 billion in military assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of the Biden administration,” the statement read.
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At the same time, since the start of the Russian special military operation on February 24, 2022, Washington has allocated more than $32.5 billion to Kiev.
Earlier on Monday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced a new $350 million military aid package for Ukraine, which includes ammunition for HIMARS and Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, artillery shells, HARM anti-radar missiles, anti-tank ammunition, river boats and more. equipment.
Russia has previously sent a memorandum to NATO countries over the supply of weapons to Ukraine. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has indicated that any shipment containing weapons to Ukraine would become a legitimate target for Russia. The Russian Foreign Ministry stated that NATO countries were “playing with fire” by supplying arms to Ukraine. Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov noted that the injection of weapons into Ukraine from the West does not contribute to the success of the Russian-Ukrainian negotiations and will have a negative impact.
Lavrov stated that the United States and NATO are directly involved in the conflict in Ukraine, “including not only the supply of weapons, but also the training of personnel … on the territory of Great Britain, Germany, Italy and other countries.”
Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine on February 24, 2022. President Vladimir Putin described his goal as “protecting people who have been bullied and genocide by the Kiev regime for eight years”. And for this, according to him, it is planned to carry out the “demilitarization and demilitarization of Ukraine”, to bring to justice all the war criminals responsible for “bloody crimes against civilians” in Donbass.
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