President Joe Biden announced a new package of military aid of up to $375 million to Ukraine on Sunday and told President Volodymyr Zelenskyy that the United States was doing all it could to strengthen Ukraine’s defense for the war with Russia.
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Biden, meeting with the Ukrainian leader on the sidelines of the G7 summit of world leaders in Japan, said the military aid package included ammunition, artillery, armored vehicles and training.
“Together with the entire G7, we have Ukraine’s back and I promise we’re not going anywhere,” Biden told Zelenskyy.
In the meeting, Biden stressed his country’s readiness to help build Ukraine’s long-term capacity to defend against and deter Russian aggression, the White House said.
To that end, Biden discussed US support for a joint effort with allied and partner nations to train Ukrainian pilots on fourth-generation fighter aircraft such as the F-16, it said.
Biden said he received a “flat assurance from Zelenskyy that they will not use it [F-16s] to go on and move onto Russian geographic territory.”
“Wherever Russian troops are within Ukraine and the area, they would be able to do that,” he added.
Zelenskyy thanked the United States for the new package, and for the financial assistance of $37 billion to date, his office said.
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