US to Give Ukraine More Rocket Launchers, Biden Tells Zelensky

By Reuters and Algemeiner Staff

Ukrainian troops pose for a photo in Lyman, Ukraine, in this picture released on social media, October 1, 2022. Courtesy of Oleksiy Biloshytskyi/via REUTERS

US President Joe Biden told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday that Washington will provide Kyiv with $625 million in new security assistance, including High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers, the White House said.

Biden was joined in the call by Vice President Kamala Harris, the White House said in a statement. The president underscored that Washington will never recognize Russia’s annexation of Ukrainian territory, it added.

Biden “pledged to continue supporting Ukraine as it defends itself from Russian aggression for as long as it takes,” the statement said.

This package is the first aid package since Russia’s most recent declared annexation of Ukrainian territory and the second Presidential Drawdown Authority (PDA) since Ukraine made large battlefield gains in mid-September.

Russia’s declared annexations last week followed what it called referendums in occupied areas of Ukraine. Western governments and Kyiv said the votes breached international law and were coercive and non-representative.

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