New US aid package to Ukraine includes surveillance drones, official says

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President Joe Biden’s new security aid package for Ukraine includes surveillance drones and, for the first time, mine-resistant vehicles, a U.S. defense official said on Friday.

Since Russian soldiers invaded the Ukrainian border in February in what Russian President Vladimir Putin called his “special military operation,” the conflict has turned into a war of attrition, fought mainly in eastern and southern Ukraine. .

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the package would be projected at $775 million and would also include additional ammunition and 16 Howitzer systems.

The package would include 15 Scan Eagle surveillance drones, 40 MaxxPro MRAPs (mine and ambush protected vehicles) and some 1,000 Javelin anti-tank missiles.

This would bring the total US military aid sent to Ukraine since the Russian invasion on February 24 to $10.6 billion.

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