The United States and some of the European allies have announced modern military arms donations to Ukraine, including armoured vehicles and heavy weaponry.
The US said its package of military support which includes air defence systems, armoured personnel carriers, and tens of thousands of Rockets and Artillery rounds worth some $2.5 (Ksh 310.3 billion).
In the agreed support mission to Ukraine, there will be 59 Bradley Fighting Vehicles and 90 Stryker Armoured Personnel Carriers, the US Defence Department said in a statement on Thursday.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said it was a “significant new security assistance package to help Ukraine continue to defend itself against Russia’s brutal war.” The latest package brings US military assistance for Ukraine to some $27.4 (Ksh 3400.3 trillion), he added.
The United Kingdom, in a joint statement with defence ministers and representatives of 9 European countries said it would send 600 Brimstone missiles to Kyiv, while Denmark promised 19 French-made Caesar howitzers, and Sweden its Archer Artillery system, a modern mobile howitzer Ukraine has been requesting for months.
“We recognize that equipping Ukraine to push Russia out of its territory is as important as equipping them to defend what they already have,” the statement said.
“Together we will continue supporting Ukraine to move from resisting to expelling Russian forces from Ukrainian soil. The new level of required combat power is only achieved by combinations of main battle tank squadrons, beneath air and missile defence, operating alongside divisional artillery groups, and further deep precision fires enabling targeting of Russian logistics and command nodes in occupied territory.” Said the US and European allies to Ukraine.
The announcements came ahead of a meeting of defence and other officials from about 50 countries, including all 30 members of NATO, at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany to discuss support for Ukraine amid brutal battles in Ukraine’s East and Russia’s continued Air attacks on its Cities.
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Looking ahead to the German talks, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said late on Thursday that Kyiv expected “strong decisions” from the meeting.
“We are now waiting for a decision from one European Capital, which will activate the prepared chains of cooperation regarding tanks,” Zelenskyy said in a video address.