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U.S. Pledges $2.7 Billion To Boost Security In Ukraine And Surrounding Countries

  • The United States has announced another $2.7 billion in aid and weapons for Ukraine and 18 of its neighbors.
  • The breakdown of the funds includes $675 million in weapons for Ukraine and $2 billion from the Foreign Military Financing program to bolster the security in countries "most potentially at risk for future Russian aggression."
  • Total aid from the United States to Ukraine now totals $15.2 billion under the Biden administration.

The United States has pledged another $2.675 billion in aid to Ukraine and other countries to bolster security around Europe amid Russia's unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on September 8 that the White House would use $2 billion from the Foreign Military Financing program to bolster the security of Ukraine and 18 of its neighbors -- including some NATO countries -- and regional security partners "most potentially at risk for future Russian aggression."

The announcement came hours after U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the administration of President Joe Biden had approved a further $675 million worth of weapons for Ukraine, adding Washington is seeing "demonstrable success" on the battlefield by Ukraine against Russian troops, who invaded the country in late February.

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"This is the Biden administration's 20th drawdown of equipment from U.S. stocks for Ukraine since last August," said Austin at the start of a meeting on September 8 at the Ramstein air base in Germany, adding the package would include 105mm howitzers, precision-guided GMLRS rockets, and artillery ammunition.

Including the aid announcements on September 8, total aid from the United States to Ukraine now totals $15.2 billion under the Biden administration.

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Austin said the defense ministers meeting at Ramstein will discuss issues such as how to coordinate the training of Ukrainian troops.

Fighting has intensified in recent weeks as Ukraine launches counteroffensives to retake areas Russian troops gained control of earlier in the war.

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  • George Doolittle on September 08 2022 said:
    *"terrifyingly demonstrable success by Ukraine against the insane Putinists*" in point of fact. With a nuclear armed and run by nuclear power Submarine and Surface Fleet the ability to launch a massive nuclear strike direct at the entire USA has suddenly *SOARED* from probability to preference by that which runs Russia towards the USA.
  • Hugh Williams on September 25 2022 said:
    Clearly the US government is more interested in doing dirt to Russia than in serving the American public. Both of our parties deserve unemployment.

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