As part of the president’s drawdown authority, the United States would give Ukraine security support worth $1 billion, including armoured medical transport trucks and ammunition for long-range weapons, according to acting Pentagon spokesman Todd Breasseale on Monday.
The deal brings the total amount of aid provided to Ukraine by the US since Russia’s invasion on February 24 to around $8.8 billion. It contains up to 50 M113 armoured medical transports, HIMARS ammo, and NASAMS surface-to-air missile system ammunition.
On Monday, Russia and Ukraine traded allegations over who is shelling the largest nuclear power facility in Europe, which is located in southern Ukraine. While Ukraine has accused Russian forces of stockpiling weapons there, Russia has alleged that Ukrainian shelling caused a power spike, a fire, and compelled staff to cut output from two reactors.
More bombardment of the nuclear power plant at Zaporizhzhia, which Russia captured early in the conflict, is dangerous, according to nuclear specialists. That assertion was mirrored by the Kremlin on Monday, which asserted that Ukrainian shelling might have “catastrophic” repercussions for Europe.
Andriy Yusov, a spokesman for Ukrainian military intelligence, retorted that Russian soldiers had set explosives at the factory to thwart an anticipated Ukrainian counteroffensive in the area. In the past, Ukrainian officials have claimed that Russia is using the factory to conduct assaults while employing Ukrainian employees as human shields.