The United States plans to purchase laser-guided missiles, Puma handheld drones, and additional Switchblade kamikaze drones for Ukraine, writes The Washington Post
The Pentagon decided to expand the supply of weapons and military equipment to Ukraine through purchases from US enterprises worth $136 million, The Washington Post reported. We are talking about laser-guided missiles, drones, binoculars and other military assistance.
According to the publication, the United States has not previously sent weapons and equipment that are planned to be purchased from American manufacturers to Ukraine. Previous shipments have been made from existing Pentagon stocks, the newspaper writes.
As for the purchase of weapons for Ukraine by Washington, it includes high-precision helicopter-launched 70mm missiles for a total of $22.6 million, as well as Puma handheld drones for $19.7 million. called in the Pentagon, “kamikaze drones” Switchblade for $17.8M
Deputy head of the Pentagon Bill LaPlante told reporters that the department has at its disposal funding approved by the US Congress in the amount of $300 million, which can be spent on the purchase of weapons for Ukraine. He also added that the US Department of Defense is negotiating with contractors to replace missiles for the Stinger and Javelin systems, which were previously transferred to Kyiv from the Pentagon's stocks.
“We are in contact with manufacturers every day as our requests grow. , and [the administration of US President Joe Biden] will continue to use all available tools to support the armed forces of Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression, — cites the edition of LaPlante's word.
On May 6, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby announced another round of military assistance to Kyiv in the face of the “offensive of Russian troops” in the east of Ukraine. The supply of weapons and equipment from the US Department of Defense stockpiles totaling $150 million includes 25,000 155mm artillery shells, 3 AN/TPQ-36 anti-artillery radars, electronic jamming systems, as well as field equipment and spare parts.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a special operation in Ukraine on February 24. He called its goal “demilitarization” and “denazification” neighboring country, as well as protecting the population of Donbass. Kyiv in response to this declared martial law and general mobilization. At the end of March, the Ministry of Defense announced the regrouping of troops in connection with the implementation of the main tasks in the Kiev and Chernigov directions. The ministry also called the “complete liberation of Donbass” the main goal of the operation.
After the start of the special operation, Western countries, led by the United States, increased their military assistance to Ukraine. This has repeatedly provoked criticism from Moscow. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that by supplying weapons to Kyiv, NATO was actually entering into a “proxy war”; with Russia. He also said that any cargo in Ukraine that Moscow considers foreign weapons will become targets for Russian troops.
The Ministry of Defense has repeatedly reported the destruction of warehouses with foreign weapons in Ukraine, including near Lvov, near Kharkov and in Zaporozhye.
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