Ukraine has received a second arms shipment from the United States amid the looming threat of a possible Russian invasion.
“The second bird in Kiev! More than 80 tons of weapons to reinforce the defense capacities of Ukraine of our friends of the USA! And this is not the end,” Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said in a Tweeter Sunday.
The first shipment of US security aid arrived in Ukraine on Friday. That shipment included “nearly 200,000 pounds of lethal aid, including ammunition for Ukraine’s frontline defenders,” the US Embassy in Kyiv tweeted late Friday.
The shipments come as the United States has sought to convince Moscow to defuse the situation on the Ukrainian border, where Russia has amassed more than 100,000 troops.
Earlier on Sunday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken amplified his warning against a Russian invasion of Ukraine, saying “one more Russian force” entering Ukraine “aggressively” would prompt a harsh US response. and their allies.
“If just one more Russian force enters Ukraine aggressively, as I said, it would trigger a swift, stern and united response from us and Europe,” Blinken told CNN’s Dana Bash on ” the state of the Union”. ”
As CNN previously reported, the Department of Defense is working on a series of military options for President Joe Biden’s endorsement that could be activated to bolster the US military presence in Eastern Europe as a deterrent if Russia invades Ukraine, say two defense officials.
Blinken also defended on Sunday the administration’s reluctance to preemptively impose sanctions on Russia, despite Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urging the United States and its allies to penalize Moscow now for its massive troop buildup along Ukrainian borders.
“As far as sanctions are concerned, the purpose of these sanctions is to deter Russian aggression,” he said. “So if they’re triggered now, you lose the deterrent effect. All the things we do, including building in a united way with Europe, the massive consequences for Russia, are designed to take into account the calculation of President (Vladimir) Putin and to deter and deter them from take aggressive action, even as we pursue diplomacy at the same time.