The United States announced $3 billion worth of military assistance to Ukraine on Friday, which the White House says is the largest aid package for Kiev to date.
The support, which will be detailed by the Pentagon later, is expected to include Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, MRAPs and other troop transports, said press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. as well as self-propelled artillery.
Washington and Berlin had announced the day before that they would supply armored vehicles – the US Bradley armored vehicle and the German Marder vehicle – but did not provide details.
Berlin said on Friday that it would send about 40 Marders to Ukraine within a few weeks, and training on them would be provided in Germany.
Both them and the Bradleys – usually armed with 25 mm automatic cannons, 7.62 mm machine guns and anti-tank missiles – will provide additional firepower for Ukrainian forces.
National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told journalists that the Bradleys were “very significant in terms of their ability to conduct what we call combined weapon maneuvering,” an area which the Pentagon said would provide training for Kyiv’s forces.
The vehicles are “very much tied to the war we’re seeing on the ground and what we’re anticipating to see throughout the winter months,” Kirby said.
Pentagon spokesman Brigadier General Pat Ryder said the day before that the Bradley “is not a tank, it’s a tank killer.”
“We believe it will support them on the battlefield,” he added.
Ukraine has long pushed for heavier weapons, including tanks, to support its operations. Western nations were reluctant to send them, citing fears of being drawn further into the war or provoking Russia.
But the Ukrainians built momentum and the Western nations expanded the weapons they sent them.
The US-German announcement of the armored vehicles came after France promised to supply the AMX-10 RC light tank, a wheeled rather than tracked tank that shares a much heavier cannon than is typical. on the tank.
The French move puts Germany under renewed political pressure to do more to help Ukraine.
Germany also said on Thursday that it would follow in the footsteps of the United States in sending a battery of Patriot missiles to Ukraine, meaning Kyiv’s forces are expected to receive two of the advanced air defense systems. up.
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