The Pentagon on Friday announced plans to send Ukraine $ 150 million in military aid that will include counter-artillery radar, counter-drone technology and electronic warfare equipment, Reuters reports.
Why is this important: The move comes as tensions continue to mount between Russia and Ukraine and days before a summit between President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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Go back: In 2014, the Russian government invaded and seized Ukraine’s Crimea region, supporting a pro-Russian separatist rebellion in eastern Ukraine that left more than 14,000 dead.
In recent months, Ukraine and Russia have fired at each other amid increased fighting in the Donbass region of Ukraine. In what it called a defensive operation, Russia amassed troops on its border with Ukraine and in Crimea, according to Reuters.
Details: The new funds, already committed by Congress, are in addition to the $ 125 million already earmarked for Ukraine.
The Pentagon said the aid includes capabilities “to improve the lethality, command and control and situational awareness of Ukrainian forces,” according to Reuters.
The United States will also provide training and equipment to strengthen Ukrainian Air Force bases.
The big picture: Biden reassured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday that he would defend Ukraine’s sovereignty.
A Ukraine defense memo leaked in April revealed that Russia was holding last-minute military exercises near Black Sea commercial shipping lanes that threaten to strangle Ukraine’s economy, report Jonathan Swan and Zachary Basu of ‘Axios.
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