Russian President Vladimir Putin (l) and Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Russian War: US sending Ukraine 2 surface-to-air missile systems −Pentagon

*United States President Joe Biden announces assistance package, worth $820million in Madrid, during a recent gathering of NATO leaders focused on Russian invasion of Ukraine

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

Amid the ongoing Russian-Ukraine War with attendant humanitarian crisis and socio-economic dislocations for consumers, the United States (US) has said it is sending Ukraine two NASAMS surface-to-air missile systems, four additional counter-artillery radars and up to 150,000 rounds of 155mm artillery ammunition as part of its latest weapons packages for the war-torn country.

The Pentagon Friday, July 1, 2022, stated the assistance package, worth about $820 million, was broadly announced by US President Joe Biden Thursday, in Madrid, Spain,  following a gathering of NATO leaders that was focused on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

US President Joe Biden (Inset) and the White House in Washington

Likewise, Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State, in a statement about the assistance said: “Ukrainians continue to face a brutality highlighted, once again, this week by an attack that struck a shopping mall filled with civilians.

“They continue to fight for their country, and the United States continues to stand by them and their just cause.”

Ukrainian officials have said a Kh-22 missile fired by a Russian bomber hit a crowded shopping mall in the central city of Kremenchuk on Monday, killing at least 19 people. That strike drew condemnation from Western leaders and the Pope but Russia rejected Ukraine’s account.

The global leaders noted that the missile had struck a store of Western-supplied weapons next to the mall, causing it to catch fire.

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The Pentagon offered more details Friday as it formalised the announcement, and said the latest round of security assistance also included additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS).

The counter artillery radars being sent are the Raytheon-Technologies AN/TPQ-37 systems, a senior defence official told reporters.

This is the first time these systems are being sent to Ukraine which have about triple the effective range of the previously sent AN/TPQ-36 systems, agency report stated.

It was also learnt the new US aid is meant to bolster up Ukraine as it confronts heavy pounding by Russian artillery.

Russia’s stepped-up campaign of long-range missile attacks on Ukrainian cities has come as its forces have ground out success on the battlefield in the east, with a relentless assault to try to force Kyiv to cede two provinces to separatists.

Including the latest rounds of assistance, the United States has now committed approximately $6.9 billion since Russia forces rolled into Ukraine on Feb. 24 and brought full-scale war back to Europe.

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