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US approves $2.6bn dollars in new aid for Ukraine

As Ukraine fights Russia’s invasion, the US has approved over $2.7 billion (£2.3 billion) in additional help, including $675 million in weaponry supplies.

At a meeting with dozens of other ministers at the US air station in Ramstein, Germany, Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin made the announcement about the package.

Howitzers, ammunition, Humvee cars, armored ambulances, and anti-tank systems are examples of military help.

At least $13 billion in military aid has already been committed by the US to Ukraine.

$2 billion in fresh financing will be used for long-term support.

According to Mr. Austin, Ukraine’s allies must make a commitment to aiding the nation for as long as necessary and be ready to change the nature of their assistance.

It entails acting quickly to develop and push our entire defense industry base in order to give Ukraine the capabilities it will require, the man said.

“Now we’re seeing the demonstrable triumph of our combined efforts on the battlefield,” he said, describing Russia’s invasion as a “illegal, imperial, and unjustifiable war of conquest.”

On Wednesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that his nation’s military had lately launched successful strikes against Russian forces, which have taken back some communities close to the city of Kharkiv in the country’s northeast.

He gave no further specifics, although both Ukrainian and pro-Russian sources claim that battle is taking place near Balakleya, which is about 60 kilometers (38 miles) south of Kharkiv.

There are indications that Ukraine is making genuine military progress, according to UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace. Targeting Russian supply lines and command centers is being assisted by long-range artillery and rockets from the West.

The reverse was rejected by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, who said: “We have not lost anything and will not lose anything.”

Although this assertion has been extensively refuted, Russia maintains that it is engaged in a conflict with neo-Nazis in Ukraine and feels threatened by the Nato alliance’s close ties to that country.

At least 5,718 civilians have died and 8,199 have been injured since the invasion on February 24. Additionally, more than seven million Ukrainians have been registered as refugees across Europe. Unknown numbers of soldiers have died or suffered injuries.

Russia, a major provider of energy, and the West, which imposed severe sanctions in response to the invasion, are engaged in a financial war.

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