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Biden announces $100 million in new military aid to Ukraine

US President Joe Biden authorized an additional $100 million in security aid to Ukraine on Thursday, following Congress’ passage of the $40 billion Ukraine aid bill , the US Department of Defense said in a press release.

Pentagon press secretary John F Kirby said the aid package includes 18 155mm howitzers, 18 tactical vehicles to tow those howitzers, three AN/TPQ-36 counter-artillery radars and field equipment additional and spare parts. “These things are going to start flowing very, very soon,” he said. “I can’t give you an exact date when all of this is going to show up in Ukraine, but you can imagine seeing us do this in the past that we’re not going to sit on our hands. We’re going to start streaming this stuff immediately,” the statement read.

Kirby said the United States had provided nearly $4 billion in security aid to Ukraine since the Russian invasion began on February 24 this year.

The statement also said that before the last presidential withdrawal plan, the United States had provided 90 155 mm howitzers to Ukraine, more than 200,000 artillery shells, more than 1,400 Stinger anti-aircraft systems, more than 5 000 Javelin anti-armour systems and more than 700 Switchblade. tactical unmanned aerial systems.

The United States is not the only country sending aid to Ukraine, Kirby added, adding that it will continue to work with partner and allied nations to provide Ukrainians with what they need to defend their country. national sovereignty.

Referring to infant food shortages caused by supply chain bottlenecks, Kirby said: “As parents battle a nationwide infant formula shortage, U.S. Transportation Command is working with the Department of Agriculture, Department of Health and Human Services, and Department of Food and Drug Administration to support “Operation Fly Formula.”

“United States Transportation Command will leverage its partnership with commercial air carriers to contract and expedite the importation of infant formula into the United States that meets our government’s health and safety standards,” a- he declared. “The first step is to … work with the interagency to identify where the formula can be obtained overseas, then set up the right plane to get it to the United States, then of course determine the destinations” , the statement quoted Kirby as saying.

While he didn’t divulge any details about the first of those flights, he did mention that it seems unlikely that it was a military or “grey-tail” aircraft doing the job. He also said much of the security aid destined for Ukraine travels on commercial carriers rather than US military aircraft.

“We believe at this point that the quickest and, quite frankly, most cost-effective way to meet this immediate need would be through contracted commercial carriers,” Kirby said. (ANI)