The US Department of Defense today announced a major $800 million shipment of military aid to Ukraine..
The weapons shipment, authorized by President Joe Biden, includes helicopters, howitzers, armored vehicles, armed drones, anti-aircraft radars and artillery systems, at a time when the Ukrainian Armed Forces are facing the challenge of a new Russian offensive against the Ukrainian region of Donbas. In fact, the Pentagon's press secretary, John Kirby, has acknowledged that the purpose of this arms shipment is to help Ukraine defend itself from that offensive. With this shipment, US military aid to Ukraine since the beginning of the invasion will total 2.6 billion dollars.
The Inside Defense portal has published the list of weapons, aircraft and vehicles that the US will send in this batch:
The biggest inconvenience when it comes to delivering all this material is related to helicopters. The Mil Mi-17 is a medium-sized helicopter that is 18 meters long. Flying them from Poland would not be an advisable option as Russia could shoot them down or even consider the flight an act of war.
Photo: DVIDShub.net. A Mil Mi-17 of the Afghan Army.
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