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Third batch of international military aid for $60 mln arrives in Ukraine – Defense Ministry

KYIV. Oct 23 (Interfax-Ukraine) – On Friday, October 22, the third batch of additional international military aid worth $60 million from the U.S. government for the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine arrived in Ukraine, including ammunition, anti-tank and precision weapons, medical equipment and more, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said.

"Today we received another aircraft of assistance from the U.S. as a result of the agreements between the Presidents of Ukraine and the U.S., Volodymyr Zelensky and Joe Biden. This is a sincere, open, assistance for our military, on the front line they will be able to use these means of medical and military support," deputy Defense minister of Ukraine Oleksandr Nosov is quoted as saying by the press service of the department in a statement released on Friday evening.

For her part, Attaché for the Army and Defense of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine Colonel Brittany Stewart said that" the United States is helping Ukraine in the development of the Armed Forces, which includes logistical assistance and trainings from tactical to strategic levels." She also said that Washington wants to see Ukraine on its way to NATO, "a peaceful and free country."

Head of the Main Logistics Department of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Mykola Shevtsov said that the military-technical assistance received includes high-tech and highly scarce equipment and weapons, as well as the ammunition needed for the front line. According to him, the funds received in the previous cargo are already increasing our capabilities in counter-battery and anti-tank warfare, as well as intelligence.

"Today we received a batch of Javelin anti-tank missile systems with ammunition. We also received ammunition for the weapons that we have under the "NATO calibers". The weapons will be moved to the bases and warehouses, taken into account and transferred to the military for use, including for the units of the Joint Forces Operation," Shevtsov said.

The Commander of the Medical Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Tetiana Ostaschenko said that the cargo from the U.S. also includes personal protective equipment – first aid kits. She separately emphasized that military medical training in the Armed Forces is carried out in accordance with NATO standards.

As reported, on October 10 and 18, the previous two consignments of cargo arrived in Ukraine.