US sending $400 worth of military aid to Ukraine

The U.S. introduced a brand new $400 million navy help package deal for Ukraine on Friday that for the primary time contains armored automobiles that may launch bridges — permitting troops to cross rivers or different gaps as Russian and Ukrainian forces stay entrenched on reverse sides of the Dnieper River.

The struggle had largely slowed to a grinding stalemate in the course of the winter months, with Russia and Ukraine firing at one another from throughout the river. Either side are anticipated to launch offensives as temperatures heat.

This spherical of help can be drawn from current U.S. weapons stockpiles so it will possibly arrive in Ukraine quicker. The U.S. and allies are attempting to hurry extra assist to Kyiv to finest place it for intensified spring preventing.

The Armored Automobile Launched Bridge is a conveyable, 60-foot (18-meter) folding metallic bridge that’s carried on prime of a tank physique. Offering that system now may make it simpler for Ukrainian troops to cross rivers to get to Russian forces.

As a result of Ukraine additionally continues to face shortages of ammunition within the intense firefight, this help package deal, like earlier ones, contains hundreds of substitute rounds, similar to rockets for the Excessive Mobility Artillery Rocket Techniques and 155mm Howitzer rounds. This package deal additionally contains demolition munitions and gear for clearing obstacles to assist Ukraine break via dug-in strains.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine a yr in the past, the U.S. has despatched in additional than $32 billion in weapons and gear.

The U.S. can be roughly tripling the variety of Ukrainian forces it’s coaching on superior battle ways at a base in Germany, to assist them punch via entrenched Russian strains. On the Grafenwoehr coaching space, Ukrainian forces run via a five-week course that prepares them to conduct superior mixed arms maneuvers with Bradley preventing automobiles, M109 Paladins and Stryker armored personnel carriers. The primary 600 Ukrainian troops accomplished the course final month and 1,600 extra are in coaching.

The help can even embrace spare components and gear for automobile upkeep and restore.

The announcement comes on the heels of a short assembly Thursday between U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian International Minister Sergey Lavrov at a gathering of prime diplomats from the Group of 20 nations in New Delhi. It was the highest-level in-person speak between the 2 nations since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. However there was no indication of any motion towards easing the extreme tensions between the 2 nations.

Blinken stated he advised Lavrov the U.S. would proceed to assist Ukraine for so long as it takes.

Lavrov, who didn’t point out talking with Blinken when he held a information convention after the assembly, advised reporters Moscow would proceed to press its motion in Ukraine.

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