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By Mike Stone, Patricia Zengerle and Humeyra Pamuk
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -President Joe Biden on Wednesday introduced a recent infusion of $1 billion in weapons for Ukraine that features anti-ship rocket methods, artillery rockets, howitzers and ammunition.
In a cellphone name with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Biden mentioned he instructed the embattled chief concerning the new weaponry.
“I knowledgeable President Zelenskiy that the US is offering one other $1 billion in safety help for Ukraine, together with further artillery and coastal protection weapons, in addition to ammunition for the artillery and superior rocket methods,” Biden mentioned in an announcement after the 41-minute name.
The president additionally introduced an extra $225 million in humanitarian help to assist individuals in Ukraine, together with by supplying protected consuming water, crucial medical provides and healthcare, meals, shelter, and money for households to buy important objects.
The newest weapons packages for Ukraine embody 18 howitzers, 36,000 rounds of ammunition for them, two Harpoon coastal protection methods, artillery rockets, safe radios, 1000’s of evening imaginative and prescient units and funding for coaching, the Pentagon mentioned.
The help packages, which come as U.S. Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin is assembly with allies in Brussels, have been break up into two classes: switch of extra protection articles from U.S. shares and different weapons being funded by the Ukraine Safety Help Initiative (USAI), a separate congressionally licensed program.
Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia on Wednesday accused Western nations of “preventing a proxy warfare with Russia,” telling reporters: “I want to say to the Western nations supplying weaponry to Ukraine – the blood of civilians is in your palms.”
Ukraine is urgent the US and different Western nations for quick deliveries of weapons within the face of elevated stress from Russian forces within the japanese Donbass area.
Oleksandra Ustinova, a member of the Ukrainian Parliament, instructed reporters at an occasion organized by the German Marshall Fund: “We’d like all these weapons to be concentrated in a second to defeat the Russians, not simply maintain coming each two or three weeks.”
In Might, the Biden administration introduced a plan to offer Ukraine M142 Excessive Mobility Artillery Rocket Methods after receiving assurances from Kyiv that it could not use them to hit targets inside Russian territory. Biden imposed the situation to attempt to keep away from escalating the Ukraine warfare.
The rocket artillery on this help package deal would have the identical vary as earlier U.S. rocket shipments and is funded utilizing Presidential Drawdown Authority, or PDA, through which the president can authorize the switch of articles and providers from U.S. shares with out congressional approval in response to an emergency, mentioned a supply who spoke on situation of anonymity.
For the primary time, the US is sending ground-based Harpoon launchers. In Might, Reuters reported the U.S. was engaged on potential options that included pulling a launcher off of a U.S. ship to assist present Harpoon missile launch functionality to Ukraine.
Harpoons made by Boeing (NYSE:) Co price about $1.5 million per missile, in keeping with specialists and trade executives.