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Biden approves new $550 million military aid package for Ukraine

US President Joe Biden signed a memorandum on the allocation of another $550 million military aid package to Ukraine. Text of the document published on the White House website. The package provided for in this package will include ammunition for missile systems and “other equipment.”

White House national security spokesman John Kirby announced the new aid package on Aug. 1, specifying that it would include ammunition for the HIMARS highly mobile artillery missile system, as well as ammunition for 155mm artillery pieces. The Pentagon statement clarifies that we are talking about 75 thousand artillery shells.

According to Kirby, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley informed their Ukrainian counterparts about the aid package by telephone on Monday, August 1.

Kirby recalled that since taking office, Biden has provided Ukraine with 17 security assistance packages, including the latest, worth more than $8 billion. Memorandum on the previous $270 million package was signed July 22, that package included four MLRS HIMARS.

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