White House announces delivery of additional military aid
MADRID, July 20 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced it has delivered $169 million in humanitarian aid to victims of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The US Embassy in Ukraine has announced the new aid package, noting that the funds will go to “food, shelter, water, hygiene products and medical supplies,” among other things.
He has stated that Washington has been helping the Ukrainians “since the first day of the war,” according to information published on the diplomatic mission’s Twitter account.
The US government has also indicated that it will provide additional military assistance by sending several HIMARS missile launcher systems and munitions, US national security spokesman John Kirby has confirmed.
In a brief press briefing at the White House, he stressed that President Joe Biden’s administration plans to make the announcement later this week. The North American country has already made more than fifteen shipments of this type to Ukraine since Biden took office.
It is also expected that this will give Ukrainians more ammunition and anti-bombing shields. Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksi Reznikov has said that the country needs at least a hundred such systems to mount an effective counterattack.
Kirby, in turn, has warned that Russia is preparing to annex the occupied Ukrainian territories as part of its invasion. “The Kremlin has not given a timetable for the referendum, but Russian officials say it will take place later this year and will coincide with regional elections in Russia,” he said.
In this regard, he has clarified that the forcible annexation of territory captured in Ukraine would constitute a serious violation of the United Nations Charter, insisting that “he will not leave this unanswered or be punished”.