Pentagon: We will provide an additional $2,1 billion in long-term arms aid to Ukraine

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The Pentagon announced today that it will provide an additional $2,1 billion in long-term arms assistance to Ukraine. The new aid package will include funding for more ammunition for the Patriot missile system, and Hawk missile systems as well as small Puma drones that can be launched manually.

The aid, one of the largest packages provided by the United States, comes as there are signs that Ukraine is launching - or will launch - a much-anticipated counter-offensive to try to retake territory seized from Russia, US media reported.

The money will be provided under the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative and should be spent over the coming months or years on Ukraine's security needs.

In a statement, the Pentagon stated that the package demonstrates the continued commitment of the United States "to the critical short-term capabilities of Ukraine as well as the enduring capacity of the armed forces of Ukraine to defend its territory and deter Russian aggression in the long term."

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