Russia ‘moving faster’ than West on arms production and supply – Zelenskyy

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Russia is “moving faster” than the West in terms of producing and supplying weapons to its armed forces, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in an interview with The Guardian.

Zelenskyy highlighted the situation's urgency, comparing Ukraine to a ship, not a sinking one, but one that needs to reach its destination "honestly" and intact, saving "as many lives as possible."

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New military aid packages for Ukraine

President Joe Biden signed a bill on April 24, providing $61 billion in support for Ukraine, which had been stalled in the House of Representatives for several months.

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Following the signing, Biden announced that the U.S. would begin delivering weapons from the next aid package to Ukraine within hours.

The $1 billion package includes air defense missiles, HIMARS rocket artillery ammunition, 155mm artillery shells, Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, Humvees, precision-guided air munitions, and more, Pentagon specified.

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The U.S. unveiled another $400 million aid package for Ukraine on May 10.

This package features ammunition for Patriot and NASAMS air defense systems, additional HIMARS rocket systems with ammunition, Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, M113 armored personnel carriers, and other equipment.

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The U.S. announced a new $275 million military aid package for Ukraine on May 24, amid a Russian offensive in the Kharkiv Oblast.

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