Russia-Ukraine Update: The US will supply $725 million arms
The $725 million (€745 million) package will include HIMARS mobile rocket launch systems, which are long-range artillery weapons that played an important role in the Ukrainian counteroffensive in September.
Washington has announced that it will send more weaponry and ammunition to Ukraine to assist in repelling the Russian invasion.
According to the White House, it will also include extra weapons, armored vehicles, and medical supplies. The package’s goal is to replenish Ukrainian supplies rather than to give new weapons.
“We will continue to stand with the Ukrainian people as they defend their freedom and independence with amazing courage and unbounded commitment,” said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a statement.
“The capabilities we are deploying are precisely tailored to make the most effect for Ukraine on the battlefield.”
Following Russia’s shelling of Ukrainian cities in retaliation to the demolition of the Kerch bridge connecting seized Crimea to mainland Russia, NATO nations agreed to expand procurement of air defense systems.
The “bloody war” of Russian Patriarch Kyrill is condemned by a German cardinal.
Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich has denounced Patriarch Kyrill I of the Russian Orthodox Church for his support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
In an interview with the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag and cited by the Catholic news agency KNA, Marx claimed Kyrill represented the concept of the “holy war,” which he thought was “behind us.”
Marx also discussed conflicting perspectives on German arms supply to Ukraine.
Following Russia’s destruction of essential infrastructure, Ukrainian officials are asking residents across the country to conserve energy and forecasting a harsh winter. Several Russian missiles and Iranian-made kamikaze drones targeted power facilities and substations last week, knocking off power, heat, and hot water in many cities and causing some enterprises to close temporarily. Using images and videos shared on social media, satellite photography, and fire tracking data, The Washington Post identified eight energy facilities across six locations that were damaged or destroyed on Monday and Tuesday.