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Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will visit Ukraine to discuss arms support, President Zelenskyy announced on Saturday.
At a rare press conference, Zelenskyy said senior US officials would meet with him on Sunday to discuss Russia’s increased aggression and what additional support the United States can provide.
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“We will talk about the list of weapons we need and the pace of their supply. In recent weeks, the pace, the number – everything has improved. I’m grateful for that,” he said. mentioned.
Fox News could not immediately reach the State Department to verify the trip or what will be discussed.
The United States has provided more than $4 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since August 2021, including $3.4 billion since Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion in February.
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President Biden announced this week that an additional $800 million in security assistance would be provided and strategically tailored to help combat Russia’s second campaign in the eastern regions of Luhansk and Donetsk.
The United States has not only allocated another 72 howitzers, which are cannon-like long-range weapons, tactical vehicles for towing howitzers, field equipment and spare parts, but the United States Air Force has developed more than 120 “Phoenix Ghost” drones specially designed for Ukraine. Needs.
A senior defense official said the drone will have similar capabilities to a Switchblade drone – which is easily carried and launched by an individual soldier and explodes after crashing into its target – but the full range of its abilities remains undisclosed.
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The package announced on Thursday is the eighth drawdown since August on Defense Ministry stockpiles for Ukraine.
Officials have warned that the war in eastern Ukraine will rely heavily on modern artillery.
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