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Blinken announces $2 bn in Ukraine military aid in Kyiv

By AFP

May 15, 2024 07:43 PM


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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced in Kyiv on Wednesday the release of a further $2 billion in military aid for Ukrainian forces holding back Russian onslaughts across the front line.

The aid, which was announced at a press conference with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, is part of a $61 billion package that Washington approved several weeks ago following months of delays in Congress.

Blinken said the purpose of the aid was "to provide weapons today" as well as invest in Ukrainian infrastructure and help Ukraine purchase military equipment from other countries.

Kuleba meanwhile repeated that Ukraine "urgently" needs seven more air defence systems and said the northeastern region of Kharkiv, which came under Russian attack last week, needs two systems.

He also said Ukraine needed faster deliveries of weapons promised by allied countries.


AFP


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