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The United States announced on December 27 the final withdrawal of weapons and military equipment intended for Ukraine from American stocks, in accordance with the presidential authorization in force.

The $250 million package includes air defense munitions, additional High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) munitions, 155mm and 105mm artillery munitions, and anti-armor munitions, a Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement. statement.

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“Our assistance has been critical in supporting our Ukrainian partners as they defend their country and freedom against Russia’s aggression,” Blinken said, adding that weapons and equipment were provided as part of previously withdrawn ordered to Ukraine.

White House national security spokesman John Kirby said last week that President Joe Biden plans an additional military aid package in December, but that further assistance would require an agreement in Congress, where the prospects for a deal are uncertain.

“When this is done…we will no longer have reenactment authority at our disposal and we will need Congress to act without delay,” Kirby said on December 18.

Blinken urged Congress to “act quickly” on new aid to Ukraine, “to advance our national security interests by helping Ukraine defend itself and secure its future.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was in Washington last week to speak with U.S. lawmakers about Ukraine’s needs amid Biden’s proposed $61 billion in aid to Ukraine, as well as military aid additional for Israel and Taiwan, has been blocked by Republican demands that the administration take care of border security.

Senate leaders said after Zelenskiy’s visit that negotiators were “making encouraging progress” but “difficult questions remain.”

The announcement of the aid package comes as Ukraine’s military said its troops had fought 49 battles along the front line. Additionally, the General Staff said in its evening summary on Dec. 27 that Russian forces carried out 67 airstrikes and fired 12 rocket salvos at Ukrainian troop positions and populated areas.

The main hot spot remains the area near Avdiyivka in the Donetsk region, where Ukrainian troops repelled nearly 30 enemy attacks, the General Staff said. saidadding that about 10 settlements, including Avdiyivka, were hit by enemy artillery and mortar fire during the day.

The Ukrainian army also repelled attacks in areas near Kupyansk, Lyman, Bakhmut, Maryinka and Zaporizhzhya.

In the Kherson region, the General Staff said that Russian forces “do not abandon their intention to eliminate our units from the bridgeheads on the left bank of the Dnieper.”

Russian forces carried out ten unsuccessful attacks on the positions of Ukrainian troops during the day and “were repulsed decently and suffered significant losses”, the General Staff said, adding that the Ukrainian forces ” firmly held their defensive positions.

WATCH: As Russian forces attempt to advance west of the town of Bakhmut, Ukrainian soldiers are entrenched in their positions on barren, mine-strewn battlefields.

Also on December 27, the country’s Minister of Strategic Industry told RFE/RL that long-range drones were now mass-produced in Ukraine. Oleksandr Kamyshin said this includes “analogues” of Iranian-made Shahed drones.

He also announced a new version of a Ukrainian-made drone that flies up to 1,100 kilometers, but did not provide details.

“The product that previously worked for 1,100 kilometers will soon have a new version, you will hear about it over time, based on the usage results,” he said.

With Reuters reporting


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