O The package, worth $600 million (560 million euros at current exchange rates) and provided through the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI), includes equipment to boost air and mine clearance defenses, as well as artillery ammunition.

“The United States will continue to work with its allies and partners to provide Ukraine with capabilities to meet both its immediate battlefield needs and its long-term security assistance needs,” the Department of Defense noted in a statement.

This announcement comes just one day after the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, made a surprise visit to Kiev to reaffirm support for Ukraine and announced an aid package that exceeds one billion dollars (932 million euros ) destined not only for defense but also for humanitarian support.

On the same day, the United States announced the supply of depleted uranium ammunition to Ukraine, effective against tanks and armored vehicles.

The 120mm munitions are intended for US Abrams main battle tanks and are part of a new tranche of military aid destined for Kiev worth US$175 million (€163 million), the Pentagon said in a statement.

The use of depleted uranium ammunition, which has greater armor-piercing capabilities, has been a controversial issue due to its potential impacts on health and the environment.

However, at a press conference held this Thursday, Pentagon Deputy Spokesperson Sabrina Singh highlighted that, despite Russian criticism, there is no evidence that depleted uranium munitions cause cancer.

Since the beginning of the Russian invasion in February 2022, the Joe Biden Administration has allocated more than 43 billion dollars (40.1 billion euros) in security assistance to Ukraine and says that its support will continue as long as necessary.

This last package is released a few hours before the start of the G20 summit that will take place next weekend in India and in which Ukraine will be one of the topics that the main world leaders will discuss.

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