The US and its allies have poured $65 billion of weaponry into the nation, in line with US Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin
The so-called Ukraine Protection Contact Group has dedicated nearly $65 billion in army support to prop up Kiev within the ongoing battle with Moscow, US Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin has revealed.
The Pentagon boss made the estimate throughout the twelfth assembly of the group, which brings collectively all 31 NATO nations, in addition to a handful of ‘non-aligned’ international locations. Washington is “dedicated to standing with Ukraine for the lengthy haul,” Austin introduced.
“In whole, the Contact Group has dedicated practically $65 billion in safety help,” he stated, claiming that Ukraine’s backers stay “as united as ever.”
“And, final week, President Biden introduced that the US will help a joint effort with our allies and companions to coach Ukrainian pilots on fourth-generation plane, together with F-16s. We hope this coaching will start within the coming weeks,” Austin declared.
Other than supplying trendy fight plane to Kiev, the US is now specializing in offering Ukraine with “extra air-defense techniques and munitions,” he stated. The air defenses are “essential” for “defending Ukraine’s skies and civilian infrastructure from Russia’s assault,” he added.
Moscow has persistently stated it has been solely focusing on army or dual-purpose targets within the nation. It has additionally accused Kiev of subjecting the nation’s cities close to the frontlines to indiscriminate artillery and rocket assaults, which have resulted in a number of civilian casualties over the course of the continued battle.
Russia has repeatedly warned Ukraine’s Western backers in opposition to pouring assorted weaponry into the nation, as doing so would solely delay the battle and inflict extra struggling on Ukrainian civilians.
This stance was reiterated by Russian Protection Minister Sergey Shoigu on Thursday, as he accused Kiev’s supporters of “forcing” its troops into battle to point out “tactical successes” it doesn’t matter what.
“The West is forcing the Kiev regime, no matter losses, to point out tactical successes and willingness to struggle ‘to the final Ukrainian’ and pumping it with weapons,” Shoigu said at a gathering of the council of protection ministers of the Collective Safety Treaty Group (CSTO) in Minsk, Belarus.
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