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Russia-Ukraine war: US providing anti-air defence system, additional artillery support to Kyiv

The latest assistance is meant to help Ukraine defend against Russia’s bloody invasion.

AP Reported by: AP Elmau (Germany) Updated on: June 27, 2022 12:36 IST
US President Joe Biden 
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US President Joe Biden 

President Joe Biden is set to announce that the US is providing advanced an surface-to-air missile system to Ukraine, as well as additional artillery support, according to a person familiar with the matter, in the latest assistance meant to help the country defend against Russia's four-month invasion.

The US is purchasing NASAMS, a Norwegian-developed anti-aircraft system, to provide medium- to long-range defence, according to the person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. NASAMS is the same system used by the U.S. to protect the sensitive airspace around the White House and U.S. Capitol in Washington.

Additional aid includes more ammunition for Ukrainian artillery, as well as counter-battery radars, to support its efforts against the Russian assault in the Donbas, the person said.

The announcement comes as Biden is huddling with allies this week on supporting Ukraine in meetings at the Group of Seven advanced economies summit in Germany and NATO leaders' annual gathering in Madrid.

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