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US to allocate over US$1 billion to help Ukraine – Blinken

Wednesday, 6 September 2023, 22:31
US to allocate over US$1 billion to help Ukraine – Blinken

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has announced that Washington will allocate over US$1 billion to help Ukraine.

Source: Blinken during a press conference with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, as reported by European Pravda, citing news outlet Interfax-Ukraine

Quote: "We will continue to stand with Ukraine, and today we are announcing new assistance totalling over US$1 billion as part of this joint effort."


Details: He said this includes US$665.5 million in new military and civilian security assistance.

"In total, we have provided over US$43 billion in security assistance since the beginning of the Russian aggression," Blinken added.

The US Secretary of State also stated that the aid includes US$175 million to "provide significant support for Ukraine's air defence, which is an urgent need".

Another US$100 million, he said, would support Ukraine's long-term military needs, and another US$300 million would help law enforcement efforts to recover and maintain law and order in the liberated territories.

"We are sending our first batch of mine-resistant and armoured vehicles to Ukrainian border guards and police, some of whom I will be able to meet tomorrow. And we are providing critical mine clearance assistance to help defuse Russian mines, unexploded ordnance, and so on," he said.

"The new security funding we are announcing today will also be backed by the arrival of US-made Abrams tanks this autumn and the training of Ukrainian pilots on F-16s in the United States, complementing the training already underway in Europe," he said.


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