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The White House announced Thursday that the United States will send a new batch of $450 million in military aid to Ukraine, including more missile systems for use against Russian forces.
White House spokesman John Kirby said, “This package includes weapons and equipment, including HIMARS systems, in addition to thousands of munitions and missiles, and patrol boats.”
HIMARS missile systems top the list of demands of the Ukrainian leadership, especially since the Russian forces are making great progress in the east of the country with the support of heavy artillery, which gives them an advantage on the battlefield.
The United States had actually delivered four HIMARS units to Ukraine initially, in preparation for launching a training program required for Ukrainian soldiers for the effective operation of these advanced and high-precision rocket launchers.
Kirby added that this brings to “about $6.1 billion” the total value of military assistance Washington has provided to Kyiv since the start of the Russian invasion.