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USA to Send More Military Aid to Ukraine

Amidst the escalating conflict and Russia’s aggressive actions in Ukraine, the United States has announced a significant increase in military aid to its Eastern European ally.

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According to US officials, up to Ksh 57 Billion in additional military assistance will be sent to Ukraine, including advanced air defense systems and surveillance drones.

The aid package comprises a diverse range of munitions, showcasing the US’s commitment to bolstering Ukraine’s defense capabilities.

Among the provisions are missiles for the high-mobility artillery rocket system (HIMARS) and the national advanced surface-to-air missile system (NASAMS). Additionally, Stingers and Javelins will be supplied to bolster Ukraine’s anti-aircraft capabilities.

Smoke rises from a building in Bakhmut CAPITAL OF UKRAINE, the site of the heaviest battles with the Russian troops in the Donetsk region, Ukraine, Wednesday, April 26, 2023.  (AP Photo/Libkos, File) ((Libkos / Associated Press))
Smoke rises from a building in Bakhmut, the site of the heaviest battles with the Russian troops in the Donetsk region, Ukraine, Wednesday, April 26, 2023. (AP Photo/Libkos, File) ((Libkos / Associated Press))

“This substantial military aid package represents our unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and security,” a high-ranking US official stated, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“Russia’s aggressive attacks on Ukraine’s civilian population and vital infrastructure are unacceptable and must be met with a strong response.” They added.

The US will also send 32 Stryker armored vehicles, howitzer artillery rounds, mortars, Hydra-70 rockets, and an ample supply of small arms ammunition.

These provisions are aimed at equipping Ukraine’s armed forces with the necessary tools to defend their nation against further Russian aggression.

Since Russia’s full-scale invasion in February of the previous year, the United States has provided Ukraine with more than $41 billion in military aid, highlighting the longstanding commitment to their Eastern European partner.

The conflict’s recent escalation has resulted in tragic civilian casualties and devastating damage to important cultural sites and critical infrastructure.

A US State Department spokesperson stated, “We strongly condemn Russia’s reckless missile and drone strikes that have claimed scores of civilian lives in Odesa and caused significant damage to the region’s heritage sites.”

The early morning drone attack struck a skyscraper in the Russian capital
The early morning drone attack struck a skyscraper in the Russian capital. [Photo/Courtesy]

The spokesperson added, “Russia’s actions, including the suspension of the Black Sea Grain initiative, demonstrate their willingness to use food as a weapon in their illegal war against Ukraine. This will have severe consequences for people across the globe, who may face higher food prices due to Russia’s actions.”

Tensions continue to rise as both sides report further military engagements. Russia claimed to have neutralized two Ukrainian drones over Moscow, with one crashing near the defense ministry. In response, Kyiv has vowed to “retaliate” for a Russian missile attack on the Black Sea port of Odesa.

The governor of Ukraine’s Odesa region accused Russia of attempting to “make the world starve” by obstructing Ukrainian grain exports. The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, called on Russia to resume the safe Black Sea export of Ukrainian grain in line with a previous proposal.

As the conflict persists, international concern grows. Several ships anchored near Ukraine’s Izmail port terminal after Russian airstrikes targeted grain warehouses along the Danube River. The river had been a vital alternative route for Ukrainian grain exports before the recent escalation.

Amidst the conflict, journalists have also become victims of the violence. A journalist from Agence France-Presse was wounded in a Russian drone attack while reporting from a Ukrainian artillery position near Bakhmut. The injured journalist is currently receiving treatment, and his condition is reported to be stable.

In response to the death of a Russian journalist in Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia region, the Kremlin accused Kyiv of a “deliberate attack on journalists.” The situation remains highly volatile, with both sides trading accusations and warnings.

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