Wednesday, June 29, 2022

U.S. Bolstering Ukrainian Air Defense in Latest Aid; U.S. to Send More Medium- to Long-Range Missile Systems to Ukraine; NATO to Boost Troops on High Alert from Current 40,000 to Well Over 300,000; Russia’s Mall Bombing Strategy, LIVE UPDATES and MORE

US bolstering Ukrainian air defense in latest aid, Sullivan says:
The United States is planning to include an advanced air defense system in its next set of military aid for Ukraine, a senior Biden administration official said at the Group of Seven summit.
The defensive system, which Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky requested during a meeting with President Joe Biden, was his “first request,” according to Biden national security adviser Jake Sullivan, following missile strikes in the capital of Kyiv over the weekend.
“I can confirm that we are, in fact, in the process of finalizing a package that includes advanced air defense capabilities,” Sullivan told reporters on Monday. “I won’t get into the details of the system.”
The next set of aid, which he said would be announced this week, will also include “advanced medium- and long-range air defense capabilities for the Ukrainians, along with some other items that are of urgent need, including ammunition for artillery and counter-battery radar systems.” --->READ MORE HERE
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Officials: US sending advanced missile systems to Ukraine:
The U.S. is planning to buy and send more medium- to long-range missile systems to Ukraine, a move officials hope will help Ukrainian forces hold onto the last remaining segments of land in the eastern Donbas that Russia has not yet been able to capture.
A senior defense official said Monday that Ukrainian forces are already effectively using advanced rocket systems, and that more of those will go into Ukraine with trained troops soon. A new plan for the U.S. to buy and send NASAMS, an advanced surface-to-air missile system, to Ukraine, is also in the works and would add to its longer-range rocket and missile strike capabilities.
President Joe Biden is expected to announce soon that the U.S. is purchasing NASAMS, a Norwegian-developed anti-aircraft system, to provide medium- to long-range defense for Ukraine, according to an administration official familiar with the matter. NASAMS is the same system used by the U.S. to protect the airspace around the White House and Capitol in Washington.
Both the defense official and the administration official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss U.S. military assessments and plans that have yet to be announced. --->READ MORE HERE
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