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U.S. Pledges $3 Billion More for Ukraine


FILE: The United States said on December 21, 2022 it would provide Ukraine with the advanced Patriot air defense system to help counter Moscow's relentless aerial attacks. On January 6 the U.S. announced another $3 billion in military aid.

The United States announced $3 billion dollars in military assistance for Ukraine on Friday, which the White House said was the largest aid package for Kyiv to date.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the assistance, which will be detailed later by the Pentagon, is expected to include Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, MRAPs and other personnel carriers, and self-propelled howitzers.

Washington and Berlin announced the previous day that they would provide armored vehicles -- Bradleys from the United States and Marders from Germany -- but did not provide details on numbers.

Bradleys, which are usually armed with a 25 mm autocannon, a 7.62 mm machine gun and anti-tank missiles, will provide Ukrainian forces with additional firepower.

"It's not a tank, but it's a tank killer," Pentagon spokesman Brigadier General Pat Ryder said Thursday.

"We're confident that it will aid them on the battlefield," he added.

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