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Pentagon Official-US Sending 7 Planes Of Military Aid To UKR In 24hrs


Senior US Defense Official speaking to reporters, tweets from Jack Detsch at Foreign Policy summarising:

  • U.S. has sent $2.6 billion in military aid to Ukraine since Russia's Feb. 24 invasion, with DoD weapons reaching the battlefield within 48 to 72 hours: senior U.S. defense official. U.S. is looking at weapons that have a shorter shelf life when giving military aid to Ukraine, but is not transferring expired systems: senior U.S. defense official.
  • U.S. has seen Russia begin limited operations near Donetsk and Izyum in a prelude to a larger offensive in Ukraine's Donbas region: senior U.S. defense official. The U.S. believes Russia is still adding troops for the offensive.
  • US is set to deliver seven more flights of military aid for Ukraine into the region in the next 24 hours: senior US defense official. The military aid will then be offloaded to ground vehicles for delivery into Ukraine. Another flight of U.S. weapons just arrived yday.This is from President Biden's recently announced $800 million military aid package for Ukraine that includes artillery, drones, and more anti-tank weapons.
  • U.S. has seen sporadic reporting that Russia has overtaken the town of Kreminna in the Luhansk region of Ukraine’s Donbas but cannot confirm: senior U.S. defense official. Ukrainian military officials said earlier today that they had withdrawn from the town.
  • Russia is down to 75 percent of pre-staged combat power in Ukraine: senior U.S. defense official U.S. officials believed Russia assembled up to 190,000 troops on Ukraine's border ahead of the Feb. 24 invasion

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