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World First US shipment of recently directed security assistance arrives in Ukraine

06:59  22 january  2022
06:59  22 january  2022 Source:   cnn.com

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The first shipment of recently directed security assistance to Ukraine arrived in the country Friday night, the US Embassy in Kyiv tweeted.

“Cargoes of additional security assistance from the US government arrived in Ukraine . In addition to the previously agreed amount of $ 250 million, Ukraine receives medical equipm-ent, weapons, necessary a-mmunition, precision wea-pons and radar surveillance equipment for another $ 60 million from American par-tners. in several consignments, one of which arrived today, October 10, at the Boryspil International Airport, “the statement on the website of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine says.

The first US shipment of recently directed security assistance has arrived in Ukraine, the US Embassy in Kyiv tweeted Friday night.

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 21, 2022: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken holds security talks with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the Hotel President Wilson. Russian Foreign Ministry/TASS (Photo by Russian Foreign Ministry\TASS via Getty Images) © Russian Foreign Ministry/TASS/Getty Images GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 21, 2022: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken holds security talks with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the Hotel President Wilson. Russian Foreign Ministry/TASS (Photo by Russian Foreign Ministry\TASS via Getty Images)

The shipment "includes close to 200,000 pounds of lethal aid, including ammunition for the front line defenders of Ukraine," according to the tweet.

The development comes as the US has sought to convince Moscow to de-escalate the situation at the Ukrainian border, where Russia has amassed more than 100,000 troops.

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Washington has recently provided the largest assistance to Ukraine , White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. Last week, CNN reported that the administration of U . S . President Joe Biden at the end of December last year, without undue publicity, authorized the allocation of additional security assistance to Ukraine in the amount of 0 million.

“International security and assistance worth $ 60 million was made possible thanks to the agreements reached during the recent visit of President Volodymyr Zelensky to the United States . It was provided in addition to the previously agreed amount of $ 250 million,” the statement said. As part of this assistance , Ukraine will receive medical equipment, weapons, necessary ammunition, precision weapons and radar surveillance equipment for another $ 60 million. In early September 2021, as part of Zelensky’s working visit to the United States , a Framework Agreement on the Strategic Framework

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned Friday that any Russian invasion of Ukraine would be "met with a severe and a united response."

Blinken held a 90-minute bilateral meeting Friday in Geneva with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, the latest round of diplomatic talks that the US secretary said provided a "clearer path of understanding each other's concerns."

President Joe Biden said Wednesday that he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin would invade Ukraine. The US has warned that it will impose severe consequences in the event of an invasion -- and Blinken reiterated Friday that meant Russian troops crossing the border.

"We've been clear. If any Russian military forces move across Ukraine's border, that's a renewed invasion. It will be met with swift, severe and a united response from the United States and our partners and allies," Blinken said.

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The shipment came shortly after British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace told Parliament the UK would be providing a new security assistance package to Ukraine . “Let me be clear: this support is for short-range and clearly defensive weapons capabilities. They are not strategic weapons and pose no threat to Russia,” he explained. Moscow has repeatedly denied plans to invade Ukraine . Last month, with tensions mounting, the Russian Foreign Ministry sent proposals to the US and NATO for treaties with security guarantees.

• We don't have a sense yet of how many NLAWs Ukraine might ultimately receive. Video footage of the weapons arriving in Ukraine , seen below, suggests that hundreds of these missiles may have arrived so far. In recent weeks, more Russian military personnel and hardware have been pouring into Belarus ostensibly for upcoming exercises to be held in conjunction with the former Soviet state . The joint Russian/Belarusian drills are set to take place along Belarus' southern and western borders, close to both Ukraine and Poland.

Lavrov insisted Friday that Russia was not planning to attack.

The Defense Department is working on a series of military options for Biden's approval that could be activated to beef up the US military presence in Eastern Europe as a deterrence if Russia invades Ukraine, according to two defense officials. "We are exploring a wide range of options on how we would bolster our allies militarily," the first official said.

These options would also likely be supported by sanctions.

The goal of any military reinforcement in Eastern Europe would be to provide deterrence and reassurance to allies. The options could include "movement of assets and forces already in Europe and also assets and forces available outside of Europe," the official said. A Russian invasion "certainly would be one trigger" for US troops and assets to move. But some forces might be used in exercises and other training scenarios as well.

Broadly, the US military goal would be to "meet the capability" that NATO allies in the region are asking for, the official said. US forces could operate, as they already do, unilaterally in Europe, but could also operate under existing NATO command structures.

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President Joe Biden again warned Russia of severe consequences if it invades Ukraine, saying the military operation would have worldwide effects.Biden again underscored the gravity of the tense situation at the border between the two Eastern European countries, where Russia has amassed 100,000 troops in possible preparation of an invasion of the former Soviet republic.

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