WASHINGTON — The Biden administration announced a new $3 billion package of military aid for Ukraine that will include Bradley Fighting Vehicles, which officials said were specifically for Ukrainian units fighting Russian forces in the Donbass region east of the country. Will be helpful from
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the administration would also send $682 million to countries on the eastern side of NATO, some of which have downsized their own arsenals to give more military equipment to Ukraine.
Ukrainians have requested infantry fighting vehicles as they continue to push back against Russian President Vladimir V. Putin’s forces. Officials said the vehicles would help the army in combined arms manoeuvres, which refers to close coordination of air power, artillery and ground forces in operations.
“It’s a lot of farm land, a lot of open fields and it lends itself well to the capabilities that are in this package,” said John Kirby, strategic communications coordinator for the National Security Council. “The Bradley combat vehicles are very important in terms of being able to do what we call combined arms maneuvers.”
The provision of the armored vehicles was predicted in a joint statement on Thursday by the United States and Germany, and comes amid a flurry of new aid announcements from Ukraine’s allies, including France.
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- Ceasefire: On 5 January the Kremlin announced a 36-hour ceasefire in Ukraine to mark Eastern Orthodox Christmas. Ukraine’s leaders dismissed the idea as cynical posturing by an unrelenting enemy.
- Sexual Offenses: After months of bureaucratic and political delays, Ukrainian officials are accelerating the process of documenting sex crimes committed by the Russian military during the war.
- A new resource: The Pentagon will provide Kyiv with Bradley Fighting Vehicles, which offer more protection and firepower than any truck or armored personnel carrier the West has ever sent.
- goal setting cellphone, Ukraine has been able to target Russian soldiers by pointing their cellphone signals at them. Despite the fatal consequences, Moscow’s soldiers continue to break the ban on using phones.
In a briefing to reporters Friday afternoon, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper, who leads the Pentagon’s military assistance program to Ukraine, offered details on a new $2.85 billion package of weapons, ammunition and vehicles – The Pentagon August 2021 — and $225 million in foreign military funding for Ukraine since the 29th drop of equipment.
The most important items to come from the Pentagon’s stockpile are 50 M2A2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles with 500 TOW anti-tank missiles and 250,000 rounds of 25-millimeter ammunition to fire them.
The Bradley is designed to carry a squad of half a dozen soldiers into battle and provide them with fire support with a turret-mounted 25-millimeter gun. It also carries TOW missiles than can destroy enemy tanks, and the vehicle’s hull is wrapped with advanced armor blocks to protect against incoming fire. Some versions of the vehicle are equipped with a laser range-finder and thermal optics, allowing a crew of three soldiers to find targets – which will give Ukrainian troops an advantage on the battlefield.
For the first time, the US will provide 18 Paladin self-propelled howitzers, as well as unspecified 155-millimetre shells to fire them. The Pentagon will also send 36 and 105-millimeter towed howitzers with ammunition.
The US will send 4,000 Zuni rockets – eight-foot-tall unguided rockets fired by warplanes that can carry about 10 pounds of explosives, and US RIM-7 Sea Sparrow air-defense missiles that Ms Cooper said Ukraine has with the Soviets were adapted to work. -Era Buk missile launcher.
Regarding the adoption of American missiles for Russian-made launchers, he said, “It is a creative solution that requires some engineering skills.” “But we are very happy that it will work for Ukrainians.”
The Pentagon will send 100 more M113 armored personnel carriers, in addition to the 200 already committed to Kyiv, and 138 more Humvee trucks added to the 1,300 the US has already sent.
“As you look at the US and international response by providing equipment, and importantly the training we are providing now, it provides Ukraine with an opportunity to change the equation on the battlefield and gain momentum and not only defends the area rather hopefully take back the area,” Brig. Pentagon spokesman General Patrick S. Ryder told reporters at the briefing with Ms. Cooper. “And so this is part of an ongoing effort to support them in that larger campaign.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky expressed gratitude for the package in his nightly address on Friday.
“For the first time, we’ll get Bradley Fighting Vehicles — exactly what we need,” he said. “New guns and projectiles, including high-precision ones. New missiles. New drones. It’s timely and strong.
Anushka Patil Contributed reporting.
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