Washington: The United States is trying to speed up its deliveries of the $200 million worth of security assistance approved for Ukraine in December, Defense Department spokesperson John Kirby said on Thursday.
“We are just at the beginning of a whole new package of assistance material,” Kirby said during a press briefing. “There’s been three shipments, there are more that will be coming, we’re trying to see if we can accelerate them.”
Kirby declined to reveal what is in every shipment but said it includes lethal and non-lethal assistance designed to help Ukraine defend itself.
Ukraine received the first shipments of the US security aid earlier this week, which included Javelin anti-tank missiles.
The increase in military assistance to Kiev comes amid increased tensions over Ukraine and claims by the United States and its European allies that Russia is planning to invade Ukraine.
Moscow has repeatedly dismissed the West’s claims, saying it has no plans to attack any country. In addition, Russia has warned that NATO’s actions near its borders represent a national security threat and it reserves the right to move troops within its own sovereign territory.
Amid the ongoing military buildup at the Russian-Ukrainian border, the Indian embassy in Kyiv has asked its citizens residing in Ukraine to register themselves in a bid to disseminate information in a swift manner. The embassy said it is closely monitoring the situation and asked Indian citizens to continuously follow its website for updates.
“With an intent to coordinate with Indian citizens effectively, and disseminate information in a swift manner, Embassy of India, Kyiv requests all Indian citizens, including students presently located in the territory of Ukraine, to fill up the below form. Those students presently pursuing online education from India are directed NOT to fill-up the form,” the Indian embassy said in a release.
“Embassy of India in Kyiv is closely monitoring the situation. It is advised to continue to follow the Embassy website, Facebook and Twitter pages for further updates, which would be published as and when required,” it added.