Zelenskyy thanks US for ‘powerful’ $2.5 bln defence package

Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has thanked Washington for a new package of arms and munitions for Kyiv.

“Thank you” US President Joe Biden for providing Ukraine “with another powerful defense support package worth $2.5 billion,” Zelenskyy wrote in English on Twitter.

The Ukrainian leader hailed the Stryker armoured personnel carriers, Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles and Avenger air defence systems included in the package as an “important help in our fight against the aggressor”.

Defence officials from around 50 countries are gathering in Germany to hammer out future military aid to Ukraine.

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The move comes amid ongoing dissent over who will provide the battle tanks that Kyiv says are desperately needed to recapture territory from Russia.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says his government is expecting “strong decisions” from defence leaders.

Polish deputy foreign minister says Warsaw is ready to take “non-standard” action if Germany opposes sending Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.