“I hereby delegate to the Secretary of State the authority to use funds of up to $550 million in Defense Department defense goods and services, and military education and training to provide assistance to Ukraine.”, the document says.
As US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken noted, Washington has allocated about $8.7 billion to Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian special operation.
Earlier in the day, John Kirby, strategic communications coordinator at the White House National Security Council, said that the new military assistance package for the Ukrainian side would include additional ammunition for HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) and 155mm artillery mounts.
Meanwhile, on July 30, in an article for The National Interest, experts Steven Simon and Jonathan Stevenson expressed the opinion that the US authorities should persuade Ukraine to end the conflict. In particular, it was noted that the United States and NATO should make it clear to Ukraine that the West expects Kyiv to resolve the situation with the help of diplomacy, otherwise arms supplies and financial tranches will stop.
On the same day, a senior Pentagon official said that the US Department of Defense, in accordance with the program for financing military assistance to Ukraine, was purchasing NASAMS anti-aircraft missile systems (SAM).
Earlier, on July 29, Dmitry Polyansky, First Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN, said at a meeting of the UN Security Council that the Russian and Ukrainian peoples will not forget the West’s support for the Kyiv regime in the murder of civilians.
Prior to that, on July 8, US President Joe Biden ordered the allocation of a new $400 million military aid package to Ukraine. On the same day, the Pentagon announced that Washington was working on plans to supply new weapons to the Ukrainian side for months and years ahead.
Western countries began to actively pump weapons into Ukraine after the start of a special military operation to demilitarize and denazify Ukraine on February 24. A few days earlier, the situation in the region escalated significantly due to shelling by the Ukrainian military. The authorities of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics announced the evacuation of residents to the Russian Federation, and also turned to Moscow for help. On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognizing the independence of the DNR and LNR.
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