Lviv (Ukraine) (EFE).- The Ukrainian president, Volodímir Zelenski, today thanked the US president, Joe Biden, for the new aid package worth 2,500 million dollars, which represents important support to combat the Russian forces, he assured .
“Thank you POTUS (President of the United States) for providing Ukraine with another powerful $2.5 billion defense support package,” Zelensky wrote in a message on Twitter.
Stryker armored vehicles, additional Bradelys and Avenger air defense systems “are an important aid in our fight against the aggressor,” he added.
“Thank you, American people, for the unwavering leadership support,” he said.
The US Department of Defense reported in a statement that it will send 59 Bradley combat tanks to kyiv, with 590 TOW anti-attack missiles and 295,000 pieces of 25-millimeter ammunition.
Likewise, it will allocate to Ukraine eight Avenger anti-aircraft defense systems, 350 Humvee all-terrain vehicles, 20,000 155-mm artillery pieces and 90 Stryker armored vehicles with 20 demining devices, among others.
The package also includes air-to-surface HARM missiles, which are used to destroy radar-equipped air defense systems; 2,000 anti-armor rockets; and 3 million small arms ammunition.
Fifty hundred countries from the Ukraine contact group are meeting this Friday at the US Ramstein airbase (western Germany) to decide on concrete military aid to Ukraine, including the supply of Leoporad 2 armored combat vehicles that kyiv is demanding.
Belarus and Russia continue joint tactical air exercises
The Russian and Belarusian air forces continue their joint tactical air exercises from Belarusian territory, amid ongoing speculation about a possible new Russian attack from Belarusian territory against northern Ukraine and its capital, kyiv.
The Belarusian Ministry of Defense released a video on Friday from the Baranavichi airfield, in the Brest province, bordering Poland and Ukraine, where joint aviation crews are training in “combat air coverage for important state and military facilities” .