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Pentagon Commits $2.1 Billion In Long-Term Weapons Aid To Ukraine In Major Move

This assistance package includes funding for crucial defense systems and comes at a crucial time as Ukraine prepares for a potential counteroffensive against Russian-seized territory.

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In a significant move, the Pentagon announced on Friday that it will be allocating an additional $2.1 billion in long-term weapons aid to Ukraine. This aid package includes funding for crucial defense systems such as Patriot missile batteries, Hawk air defense systems and missiles, as well as small hand-launched Puma drones.

The timing of this assistance is notable, as it comes amid signs that Ukraine is preparing to launch a much-anticipated counteroffensive to reclaim territory seized by Russia. Unlike the rapid deployment of equipment and ammunition from Pentagon stocks, this funding falls under the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative and is intended to support Ukraine's future security needs over the coming months and even years.

Highlighting America's steadfast commitment to Ukraine's defense, the Pentagon stated that this package demonstrates support for both Ukraine's immediate capabilities and the enduring strength of its Armed Forces in deterring Russian aggression.

The aid package also encompasses laser-guided rocket munitions, undisclosed amounts of artillery rounds, and funding for training and maintenance support. While the recent focus has shifted to the Kakhovka dam collapse on the Dnieper River, which caused extensive flooding, the White House and the Pentagon are actively investigating the incident to ascertain responsibility.

Despite the provision of billions of dollars in military weapons and aid, the Biden administration reiterates that no U.S. combat forces will be deployed within Ukraine. Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder, the Pentagon press secretary, confirmed that direct transportation or support for the areas affected by the dam collapse is not part of the military's plans.

Since Russia's invasion in February 2022, the Biden administration has supplied over $37.6 billion in security assistance to Ukraine, underscoring the United States' commitment to supporting Ukraine's defense against Russian aggression.

(With AP Inputs)

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