U.S. And Europe Step Up Military Aid To Ukraine And Provide Lethal Weapons

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The United States, Britain, France, Germany and other European countries announced to provide military and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine.

U.S. Secretary of State Blinken said in a statement on February 26 that the U.S. State Department had authorized an additional $350 million in military assistance to Ukraine. Blinken said the aid was the third U.S. military aid to Ukraine in a year. The aid includes providing defensive assistance to help Ukraine deal with the armored, aerial and other threats it currently faces.

On the same day, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said during a visit to the Royal Air Force Base in Blaise Norton, Oxfordshire, that the United Kingdom was sending humanitarian, military and financial supplies to Ukraine. Johnson made the remarks after a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. He said 1,000 soldiers would be sent to areas around Ukraine to help deal with the influx of refugees.

French President Emmanuel Macron once again chaired a defense committee meeting to discuss the current situation in Ukraine. The Elysee Palace, the French presidential palace, announced after the meeting that France would provide Ukraine with more military equipment, including defense equipment and fuel supplies. According to earlier news from the Elysee Palace, France's main purpose is to avoid the complete collapse of the Ukrainian government and to bring the two sides to an immediate ceasefire.

German Chancellor Scholz said on social media that 1,000 anti-tank weapons and 500 Stinger-class surface-to-air missiles will be provided to Ukraine. He said Germany "has a responsibility to support Ukraine as much as it can against Russian forces". German government spokesman Stephan said the weapons would be delivered as soon as possible to support the Ukrainian army. In addition, the German Ministry of Defense said it had approved the delivery of 400 hand-held rocket-propelled grenade launchers from the Netherlands to Ukraine, with the approval being confirmed by the Chancellery. The rocket-propelled grenade came from the stockpiles of the German military.

According to CCTV News, the move marks a major change in course for Germany, which had previously pursued a policy of not sending weapons to conflict zones and refused to supply Ukraine with lethal weapons. Berlin had previously provided Ukraine with only about 5,000 military helmets and a field hospital to help Ukraine fend off Russia, a practice that was derided by German allies.

The Ministry of Defense of the Netherlands said it will provide the Ukrainian army with a batch of anti-tank weapons, including 50 Tekken-3 rocket launchers and 400 rockets. In addition, the Netherlands and Germany are studying whether to jointly supply the Patriot missile defense system to a NATO battle group in Slovakia.

Belgian Prime Minister De Crowe said he would provide Ukraine with 2,000 machine guns and 3,800 tons of fuel to support the country's military. Belgium will also contribute 300 Belgian soldiers to the NATO Rapid Response Force, who will be deployed to Romania, he said on social media. De Croo said the government was studying Ukraine's request for further support.

Czech Defense Minister Chernokhova said that the government decided to donate another batch of weapons to Ukraine, including about 30,000 pistols, about 7,000 assault rifles, about 3,000 machine guns, dozens of sniper rifles and about 1 million rounds of ammunition. The total value is about 188 million kronor (about 54 million yuan). In addition, according to the news on the official website of the Czech Ministry of Defense on the same day, the weapons donated to Ukraine approved by the Czech government on January 26 are still in the Czech Republic. Due to the sudden outbreak of the Russian-Ukrainian war, with the agreement of both Czech and Ukraine, these weapons will also be distributed by the Czech Republic. Responsible for shipping to Ukraine.

Dworczyk, director of the Polish Prime Minister's Office, said that Poland is ready to send a special health train to the city of Mostiska, Ukraine to transport the Ukrainian wounded to the National Hospital in Warsaw for treatment. The Polish government has formulated a plan to receive the wounded. . The train will have five carriages to transport the wounded and four to carry humanitarian relief supplies, which can carry up to 160 wounded at one time. Poland's Deputy Minister of Health Kraska said that currently, 120 hospitals in Poland have expressed their willingness to provide medical assistance to the wounded from Ukraine, with a total of about 7,000 beds; Poland is also ready to immediately provide Ukraine with thousands of units of blood and plasma.

Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis called Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on the 26th to express Greece's full support for Ukraine and the Ukrainian people and reiterated Greece's support for severe sanctions against Russia. He said that Greece is ready to provide Ukraine with assistance in areas that Ukraine needs. It is reported that the Greek Ministry of Health is sending medical supplies to Ukraine.