The first shipment of $200 million in U.S. aid has arrived in Ukraine, the U.S. Embassy in Kiev said today.
The development comes amid concerns from Kiev and western allies about the massing of tens of thousands of Russian troops on the Ukrainian border following a visit by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to Ukraine last week. Russia denies allegations of launching a new military offensive.
The United States approved an aid program last December that included providing $200 million to Ukraine. “The United States will continue to provide such assistance to defend Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity against Russian aggression,” a statement on Facebook said.
The shipment – and $2.7 billion USD since 2014 – demonstrates U.S. commitment to helping Ukraine bolster its defenses in the face of growing Russian aggression. 🇺🇸🇺🇦 #partnershipstrong [2/2] pic.twitter.com/scPFWM3we7
— U.S. Embassy Kyiv (@USEmbassyKyiv) January 22, 2022
The embassy said the $200 million security assistance package includes ammunition.
Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov thanked the United States for its support.
During a meeting of the US Secretary of State and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Geneva, the two sides agreed to resume talks, but no full agreement was reached.
US President Joe Biden has said he will pay a heavy price if Russia invades Ukraine. Moscow denies the allegations, saying NATO wants to strengthen its presence in Ukraine and build up troops at the border.