US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced on Monday a new military aid package for Ukraine valued at 200 million dollars which includes anti-aircraft ammunition and artillery shells to deal with the Russian invasion.
“Every day Russia kills Ukrainian civilians and destroys their infrastructure, in addition to using hunger as a weapon contributing to global food insecurity,” denounced the head of US diplomacy in a statement.
Blinken recalled that it was the Kremlin that started this war and it is the same Kremlin that can end it with “the withdrawal of its forces from Ukraine and ending its attacks.”
“As long as it doesn’t, the United States, its allies and partners will remain united with Ukraine, as long as it takes,” the secretary said.
The new package includes mine detection systems, ammunition for Patriot air defenses, ammunition for the HIMARS rocket system, ammunition for tanks, Javelin missiles and tow vehicles.
The United States is the largest donor of military aid to Ukraine with $43 billion since Russia launched its invasion on a large scale on February 24, 2022.
The Ukrainian Army regained ground in the Donbass on Monday in its arduous advance towards the coast, while Russia punished the port of Odesa for another day with drones and missiles in revenge for a recent attack on the Crimean bridge.
The advances, announced by the Ukrainian deputy defense minister, came as Russia claimed its forces had made progress in the eastern region of Ukraine. Kharkivundermining the expected kyiv campaign.
Ukraine launched its counteroffensive against Russian forces in June, after creating assault battalions and stockpiling weapons donated by the West.
The Finance Ministers of Ukraine, Sergi Marchenko, and Germany, Christian Lindner, signed a cooperation memorandum on Monday, which provides for German advice on customs policy, control of financial markets, management of state investments and privatization of public companies.
Both announced the agreement in the Ukrainian capital, where the German minister traveled on Monday.
Lindner stated that Berlin will continue to support Ukraine “as long as it is necessary”, reported Ukrinform. To date, Germany has already provided €22 billion ($24.031 million) in financial support, including €12 billion ($13.108 million) in military aidaccording to the source.
The German minister also met with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, who said that the two discussed “the prospects for Ukraine’s cooperation with the German Reconstruction Credit Institution (KfW in its German acronym).”
”We are implementing five joint investment projects for an amount of 247 million euros (almost 270 million dollars) and we are preparing three more for 73 million euros (80 million dollars)Shmyhal said.
The Ukrainian prime minister thanked the German government for its support in terms of armaments, financial aid and cooperation in sanctions against Russia and recalled that Ukraine received more than 1.5 billion euros of macro-financial assistance from Germany, most of it in the form of subsidies. .
(with information from EFE and AFP)
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