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The US foresees a long war in Ukraine and announces the largest military aid package since the beginning of the invasion

The President of the United States, Joe Biden, announced this Wednesday a new arms aid for Ukraine of 2,980 million dollars, the largest package to date, on the Independence Day of the European country and when it is just six months since the start of the invasion.

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“The United States is committed to helping the people of Ukraine as they continue to fight to defend their sovereignty. As part of that commitment, I am proud to announce our largest security assistance package, approximately $2.98 billion in weapons and equipment,” Biden said in this message. The president added that this aid will allow Ukraine to acquire new air defense systems, artillery and ammunition, anti-aircraft defense systems and radars to continue its long-term defense.

The aid comes on the heels of US officials warning that Russia is planning further attacks on Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure and government facilities in the coming days. Confirming his March forecasts about a long war that is currently stalled.

Since Biden arrived at the White House, military aid to Ukraine has been continuous and now adds up, with this latest and largest package, to more than 13.5 billion, the majority delivered since the beginning of the Russian invasion last February.

According to Reutersthe new package uses funds from the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, known as USAI, appropriated by Congress to allow the Biden Administration to acquire weapons from industry instead of taking weapons from US stocks

a protracted conflict

In your statementBiden congratulated the Ukrainian people on Independence Day and stressed that in the last six months the citizens of this country have “inspired the world with their extraordinary courage and dedication to freedom.”

“They have remained determined and strong in the face of the full-scale invasion of Russia. And today is not only a celebration of the past, but also a resounding affirmation that Ukraine remains and will continue to be, with pride, a sovereign and independent nation”, he said.

Biden has admitted that this independence day is bitter for Ukrainians when thousands of them have been killed or injured, and millions have had to flee their homes while “many others have been victims of Russian atrocities and attacks”. But these six months of relentless attacks “have only increased the strength of the Ukrainians and their pride in their country and its 31 years of independence,” added the US president, who has insisted that his country will remain committed to helping Ukraine. .

The anniversary of Independence Day in Ukraine It coincides exactly six months after Russia sent tens of thousands of troops to Ukraine. Although the celebrations were cancelled, many people took to the streets in embroidered shirts, which are part of the traditional dress.

Volodímir Zelenski, the Ukrainian president, has addressed his compatriots from the central monument of kyiv with an emotional speech: “A new nation appeared in the world on February 24 at 4 in the morning. He was not born, but reborn. A nation that didn’t cry, scream or get scared. One who didn’t run away. He didn’t give up. He didn’t forget.” Zelensky has promised to take back the occupied areas of eastern Ukraine, as well as the Crimean peninsula, which Russia annexed in 2014, “What is the end of the war for us? We used to say peace. Now we say victory.”

The Russian authorities have spoken along the same lines. Russia’s permanent representative to the UN headquarters in Geneva, Gennady Gatilov, this week ruled out the possibility of a diplomatic solution to end the war in Ukraine and said that Moscow foresees a protracted conflict. This was explained by the senior diplomat in statements to the Financial Times by ensuring that there will be no direct talks between the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodímir Zelensky.

“Now I don’t see any possibility of diplomatic contacts. And the longer the conflict goes on, the more difficult a diplomatic solution will be,” he told the British newspaper.

Gatilov declared that Moscow and kyiv had come “very close” to reaching an agreement to end the conflict during negotiations in April, while accusing the United States and NATO allies of pressuring Ukraine to leave the talks. .

Johnson’s surprise visit

This Wednesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson made an unexpected visit to Ukraine, where he announced more military support. “What happens in Ukraine matters to all of us. That is why I am in kyiv”, the still prime minister has published on Twitter

Johnson has announced an aid package of 54 million pounds sterling – about 64 million euros -, which includes unmanned surveillance systems and missile systems, according to the newspaper Guardian.

“Today’s support package will give the brave and resilient Ukrainian armed forces another boost in capability, allowing them to continue to push back Russian forces and fight for their freedom,” Johnson said in his statement.