Washington launches new $ 400 million package, 45 T 72 tanks also arrive
The United States will send further military aid worth $ 400 million to Ukraine and, for the first time, will also supply 45 tanks. As Pentagon deputy spokesperson Sabrina Singh said at a press conference, these are Soviet tanks of the T 72 model that “the Ukrainians know how to use” and which will arrive in Ukraine by the end of the year.
In addition to the tanks, the United States will send 250 armored personnel carriers, 40 armored boats, 1,100 drones, Hawk anti-aircraft missiles and other ammunition.
The T-72 tanks come from the Czech Republic, half of which have been modernized with US funds, while the other 45 have come from Holland. Since the beginning of the Russian invasion on February 24, Kiev has asked NATO for new tanks-
“The United States will stand with Ukraine in this fight for as long as necessary. There will be no wavering, falling or retreating in our support as we move forward,” said Jake Sullivan, White House National Security Advisor who arrived in Kiev today. for a previously unannounced visit, during which he met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
The adviser then reiterated that the war could easily end if Russia decided to stop the fighting and the occupation. “And that’s precisely what he should do in our opinion,” he added.
“I am grateful to Councilor Sullivan, for supporting our country in a difficult time for us,” Zelensky wrote on Telegram, noting that he awarded Sullivan the Order of Jaroslav the Wise “on behalf of all the Ukrainian people for strengthening cooperation between states, supported the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine “.