US Military Aid has arrived in Ukraine. The Baltic States will send Missiles to KievWorld | January 22, 2022, Saturday // 18:21| views
US military aid arrived in Ukraine on Friday night, the US Embassy in Kiev stated. The delivery is part of a package of defense aid approved in December and comes amid a gathering of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine.
On Friday, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania announced that they would provide Ukraine with missiles for air and ground defense. According to a joint statement by the three Baltic states, the goal is to help Kiev in the event of a Russian invasion.
The news of the military aid comes amid growing tensions over the build-up of Russian troops to Ukraine. The United States has described the situation as a prelude to an attack and is negotiating with Moscow to de-escalate tensions with its NATO allies.
The US military aid delivered on Friday night includes about 90 tons of ammunition. It is part of a package approved by US President Joe Biden in December, worth $ 200 million, reminds the BBC.
The US embassy in Kiev said in a statement that the delivery showed “a firm commitment to Ukraine's sovereign right to self-defense.”
“The United States will continue to provide such assistance and support the Ukrainian military in its ongoing efforts to defend Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity against Russian aggression,” the statement said.
The delivery comes after US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken's visit to Kiev, where he warned Moscow that a possible attack would receive a firm response. Russia denies planning an invasion of Ukraine.
The Baltic states have announced that they will provide Ukraine with surface-to-air and surface-to-surface missiles.
“In light of Russia's growing military pressure on and around Ukraine, the Baltic states have decided to respond to Ukraine's needs and provide additional defense assistance,” the statement said.
“This assistance will strengthen Ukraine's ability to defend its territory and population in the event of possible Russian aggression.”
Russia has amassed more than 100,000 troops and equipment near Ukraine's borders and has deployed more troops to Belarus for joint exercises between Moscow and Minsk. The United States and NATO see this as preparation for military action against Ukraine.
/Radio Free Europe Bulgaria
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