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US will send an additional $600 million in military aid to Ukraine, Biden administration officials announced On Thursday, a move welcomed by Kyiv as it tends to build on the successes of recent counter-attacks, but which drew renewed attention to unfulfilled promises of support from European governments and requests for long-range missile systems. does.

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the package would provide Ukraine with more weapons, munitions and equipment that has helped Kyiv push back Russian forces and reclaim large tracts of occupied land.

Blinken said the deliveries have been “carefully calibrated” to have the most impact on the battlefield and “strengthen Ukraine’s hand on the negotiating table”.

Blinken said President Joe Biden has made it clear that the US will continue to support Ukraine as long as it takes time.

Blinken said the shipment is the 21st time the US has pulled military supplies from Pentagon stores to aid Ukraine since September last year and brings the total value of US military aid to nearly $15.8 billion since Biden took office.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky praised the decision Tweet on Friday morning, saying that the country’s forces had “proven their proficiency on the front.”

“Together we will win,” said Zelensky.

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Ukrainian forces have seized large areas of occupied land and forced Russian troops to flee in recent weeks in a series of devastating counter-attacks. Rapid gains, one of Ukraine's most important war successes, are facilitated by the military. wisdom And arms from its allies and the struggle of the Russian army. while the specialist caution Against calling the rapid progress a turning point in the war, Kyiv has been eager to profit and re-call for the US to share advanced long-range missile systems. Moscow is warning that such equipment would cross the "red line" and drag America into the conflict, but Washington has made it clear that it has no intention of changing its strategy, which it considers effective. Ukraine's successes have also attracted renewed attention. empty promises For aid and dwindling support across Europe, which is dealing with a growing energy crisis and rising cost of living stemming from war. Ukrainian officials Target out Germany In particular, it accused him of dragging arms supplies like he did with imposing sanctions against Russia's economy.

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