Shipment of Missile Systems, Weapons, and Armored Vehicles to Ukraine Begins

The Pentagon confirmed that it secretly sent ATACMS missile systems to Ukraine last month, and Joe Biden announced that sending military aid to Ukraine would literally begin in just a few hours

by Sededin Dedovic
Shipment of Missile Systems, Weapons, and Armored Vehicles to Ukraine Begins
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President Joe Biden gave clear instructions to his team to take immediate action after learning that Russia had acquired ballistic missiles from North Korea and used them against Ukraine, the Pentagon said. This decision comes in response to escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine, where attacks have become more frequent and serious.

Accordingly, the United States has sent a new long-range missile system to Ukraine to provide defense support against Russian aggression, the Pentagon confirmed, stating that the high-precision weapon is part of an emergency military package for Ukraine.

ATACMS, which are known as Military Tactical Missile Systems, will be key to Ukraine's ability to counter Russian forces on all fronts in occupied Ukrainian territory. The Ministry of Defense emphasizes the importance of this move in maintaining the balance of power in the region.

Last October, Ukraine deployed ATACMS missiles that came from the US. Back then, they were models with a shorter range of about 165 kilometers. The Ukrainian government has been begging for missiles that can hit much more distant targets.

In this handout image released by the South Korean Defense Ministry, an Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) is fired during a © Handout / Youtube channel

This reaction from Washington comes after months of political discussions and strong opposition from some political currents within the United States of America.

Finally, the House of Representatives and the Senate approved a $61 billion aid package for Ukraine, a signal of US determination to support Ukraine in the face of Russian threats. After signing the law that made this aid possible, President Biden emphasized the urgency of the situation and promised that supplies of equipment and weapons would begin immediately.

“I will see to it that the deliveries begin immediately. In the next few hours, literally in a few hours, we will begin sending air defense systems equipment, missile systems weapons and armored vehicles to Ukraine," Biden said at the White House.

This is not only a question of supporting Ukraine, but also of protecting the interests of the US and the security of Europe. Biden emphasized that investment in rebuilding Ukraine's arms stockpile is necessary to ensure stability in the region and prevent further threats from Putin's actions.

"We would have no choice but to come to their aid. Just as our NATO allies came to our aid after the 9/11 attacks,” Biden said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (L) and U.S.

President Joe Biden hold a news conference in the Indian Treaty Room of the © Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

This is not the first time that the United States of America has provided support to Ukraine. Already since the end of last year, although on a smaller scale, Washington has provided material support, but this latest aid package has significantly included military equipment, taking into account the increasing challenges that Kiev is facing.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky expressed his gratitude to America and President Biden, as well as Congress, stressing the importance of their support at this crucial stage in relations with Russia. Ukraine's leader expressed relief at the desperately needed military aid package announced by the US president.

"Regardless of what anyone says, we are getting the support we need to continue protecting lives from Russian attacks," Zelensky wrote on X. "I am grateful to President Biden, Congress and all Americans who recognize that we must resist Putin instead of obeying him, because that is the only way to truly reduce threats to freedom.

Together, we can succeed”.

A little help means a lot

Ukraine has begun using long-range ballistic missiles against Russian forces that were secretly provided to it by the United States of America (USA), US officials have confirmed.

The weapons were part of a $300 million aid package approved by US President Joseph Biden in March and arrived this month.
These long-range missiles were used at least once to target Russian targets in the occupied Crimea, and the Kremlin itself has threatened Ukraine several times because of this kind of help.

The long-range missiles were used for the first time last week, and the target was a Russian airport in the occupied Crimea, Reuters quoted an unnamed American official as saying. The new weapons were also used in an attack on Russian troops in the occupied port city of Berdyansk overnight on Tuesday, according to the New York Times.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, tens of thousands of people, mostly soldiers, have been killed or injured on both sides, and millions have been displaced from their homes. In recent months, the Russians have had great successes on the battlefield, while the Ukrainians are impatiently waiting for US help.

A small aid of 300 million had a strong effect, while the newly confirmed aid of 61 billion can make a turning point in this war.

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