As battle rages in eastern Ukraine and the war with Russia are poised to enter its sixth month, the United States is looking into the possibility of sending American-made fighter jets to Ukraine, a White House official told reporters on Friday, as quoted by Reuters.
The move would not be made right away, White House spokesperson John Kirby told reporters in a conference, despite the Biden administration’s early investigations into the viability of perhaps giving the fighter jets to Ukraine.
Such a step would significantly strengthen American backing for Ukraine in its conflict with Russia. The United States has already given Ukraine $8.2 billion in military aid.
Kirby also provided information on the most recent American weaponry delivery to Ukraine, which included $100 million for drones and totaled $270 million in support of Ukraine’s defense against Russian aggression.
According to Kirby, the deal, approved by U.S. President Joe Biden, will enable Kyiv to purchase 580 Phoenix Ghost unmanned aerial drones from privately held AEVEX Aerospace LLC.
According to a different White House letter, the deal also includes a further installment of up to $175 million for further defense help.
According to a statement from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, it will include additional high mobility artillery rocket systems (HIMARS) and other arms Ukrainian soldiers are using in battle.
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