Ukraine to get additional USD 1 bn security support from US

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden announced that his government will provide USD 1 billion in additional security support to Ukraine, as well as USD 225 million in humanitarian help.

Biden made the commitment during a phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday, according to the White House.

Additional artillery and coastal defence weapons, as well as ammunition for artillery and advanced rocket systems, are part of the new security assistance for Ukraine, according to Biden. The Ukrainians need these weapons to support their defensive operations in the eastern Donbas region, where fierce battles are currently raging.

Additional humanitarian aid to support civilians inside Ukraine, according to the US President, will include safe drinking water, necessary medical supplies and health services, food, housing, and cash for families to purchase essential necessities.  On the same day, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin convened a meeting in Brussels with more than 45 countries to explore support for Ukraine.

In the statement, Biden was reported as adding, "We also reviewed Secretary Austin's efforts in Brussels today to arrange greater international support for the Ukrainian armed forces."

"The Ukrainian people's bravery, resilience, and determination continue to inspire the rest of the globe. And the United States, along with our allies and partners, will remain steadfast in our support for the Ukrainian people as they fight for their freedom," he said.

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