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Scoop of the day: USA to give Ukraine military aid

Scoop of the day: USA to give Ukraine military aid

Ukraine-USA sign defence agreement

Ukraine and the USA have signed an agreement on the strategic foundations of defence partnership, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who is now in Washington, has tweeted.

"For us, US support for Ukraine's territorial integrity, gaining NATO membership and joint opposition to Russian aggression are very important," he said.

US military aid to Ukraine

The United States is promising up to $60 million in military aid to Ukraine in advance of a White House meeting on Wednesday between President Joe Biden and his counterpart in Kyiv, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the AP has reported.

The Biden administration said in a notification to Congress that the aid package for Ukraine was necessary because of a "major increase in Russian military activity along its border" and because of mortar attacks, cease-fire violations and other provocations.

"Russia's buildup along the Ukrainian border has highlighted capability shortfalls in the Ukrainian military's ability to defend against a Russian incursion," the notification states. "Ukraine’s significant capability gaps must be urgently addressed to reinforce deterrence in light of the current Russian threat."

US energy involvement in Ukraine

The US company Westinghouse will take part in the completion of generating unit No 4 at the Khmelnytskyy nuclear power plant and four more generating units at other Ukrainian NPPs, the Ukrainian Energy Ministry has reported, quoting a memorandum signed today.

A preliminary cost of the project is around $25bn.

Zelenskyy meets NASA administrator

"Ukraine must become a space power again. Today I had a fruitful discussion with @NASA

Administrator @SenBillNelson on projects Ukraine can join with its unique space technologies. We are looking forward to Nelson's visit to Ukraine!" Zelenskyy has tweeted.

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