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US pours another $300 million worth of weapons into Ukraine war

A M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) takes part in a military exercise near Liepaja, Latvia, on Sep. 26, 2022. (Photo by Reuters)

The United States has announced another military aid package for Ukraine, deepening its involvement in the war in defiance of repeated warnings by Russia.

On Wednesday, the US Defense Department announced to supply weapons worth of $300 million to Ukraine, including air defense systems and tens of millions of rounds of ammunition, AFP reported.

The Pentagon said the latest shipments will bring the total value of American military aid to Ukraine since February 2022 to $37.6 billion.

"The United States will continue to work with its allies and partners to provide Ukraine with capabilities to meet its immediate battlefield needs and longer-term security assistance requirements," the Pentagon said in a statement.

But the Biden administration warned Ukraine that US weaponry should not be used to attack within Russia.

"We have been very clear with the Ukrainians privately -- we've certainly been clear publicly -- that we do not support attacks inside Russia. We do not enable and we do not encourage attacks inside Russia," White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters on Wednesday.

Kirby on Wednesday said the United States has laid out its ground rules to Ukraine.

"We don't tell them where to strike. We don't tell them where not to strike," he said. "Ultimately, President (Volodymyr) Zelensky and his military commanders decide what they're going to do."

However, "we certainly don't want to see attacks inside Russia that are being propagated, that are being conducted, using US-supplied equipment."

The United States and its allies have been pouring weapons worth tens of billions of dollars and other aid into Ukraine since the start of its conflict with Russia, despite Moscow's repeated warnings.

In total, the Biden administration has committed more than $100 billion to the so-called “Project Ukraine.”

Russia has warned time and again that the continued supply of Western arms to Ukraine will only serve to prolong the war and add to the suffering of the Ukrainian people.

US President Joe Biden has said he expects American aid to Ukraine will continue without interruption despite opposition by Republicans.

Republican lawmakers have voiced concerns about the haphazard military shipments to Ukraine.

Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene said Washington’s military aid to Ukraine was a US-led “proxy war” against Russia.

She said the Ukraine war had placed a heavy financial burden on the shoulders of Americans, who were already grappling with poverty.

However, the lawmaker also admitted that war was “a deadly profitable industry” for the US government.

Russia began what it described as a "special military operation" in Ukraine on February 24, 2022 as part of a national security measure against the persisting eastern advance of the US-led NATO military alliance.

Moscow also said the military operation was aimed at defending the pro-Russia population in the eastern Ukrainian regions of Luhansk and Donetsk against persecution by Kiev, and also to "de-Nazify" Ukraine.

An American academic and political analyst said recently that Washington’s insistence on NATO enlargement to Ukraine had made the country “a victim of unachievable US military aspirations.”

Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs wrote last week that the Ukraine war was provoked by the United States and President Joe Biden played a personal role in it.

Sachs, who is a University Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, commented that “the relentless US push to expand NATO,” was one of the “two main US provocations” that precipitated the war.

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