US President Joe Biden told Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy that America would provide another $625 million military aid package to Kyiv, which would include more High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (Himars), a said the White House.
The latest transfer of U.S. stockpiles includes four Himars rocket launchers and ammunition, 16 howitzers and hundreds of thousands of munitions, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on Tuesday.
“President Biden is committed to continuing to support Ukraine as it defends itself against Russian aggression for as long as it takes,” the White House said.
Officials in Washington and Kyiv praised the Himars’ abilities in defending Ukraine against Russian aggression.
Last week, the US Congress approved an additional $12.3 billion in military and economic aid to Ukraine.
The legislation gives Mr. Biden authorization to transfer up to $3.7 billion worth of Ukrainian weapons from U.S. supplies.
Mr. Biden also told Mr. Zelenskyy that the United States remains committed to punishing those who support Russia’s annexation of Ukrainian territory.
The Ukrainian president hailed the “substantial support from the United States”.
“Our victories in the ongoing defense operation are a joint success of Ukraine, the United States and the entire free world,” he wrote on Twitter.
During the call between the two leaders, joined by Vice President Kamala Harris, Mr Biden said the United States would never recognize Moscow’s annexation of four Ukrainian regions.
“President Biden has also asserted that the United States is always prepared to impose significant costs on any individual, entity or country that provides support for the alleged annexation of Russia,” the White House said.
Last week, the United States imposed sanctions on hundreds of Russian individuals and entities after Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed he had annexed the regions of Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson.
Mr Biden also highlighted US-led efforts to support Ukraine’s struggle for freedom and democracy, “as enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations”, the White House said.
The United States has committed more than $16.8 billion in military aid to Kyiv since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, the Pentagon said.
Updated: October 04, 2022, 8:15 p.m.