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First batches of US military aid may be delivered to Ukraine days after the law is signed - NYT

The NYT explains when Ukraine may receive the first weapons from the United States

The first batch of military aid from the United States may be delivered to Ukraine in a few days after the relevant law is signed by US President Joe Biden, if it is passed by the Senate. We are talking about weapons from the Pentagon's stockpiles in Germany.

It can be quickly delivered to the Ukrainian border by rail. The New York Times reports this with reference to the words of American officials.

U.S. officials did not directly say what kind of weapons Washington would send to Kyiv as part of this package. However, Pentagon spokesman Patrick Ryder said earlier that the tranche is likely to include more ammunition for air defense systems and artillery.

"We have a very robust logistics network that allows us to move materiel very quickly, as we have done in the past. We can deliver it within a few days," he said.

It should be noted that the weapons and ammunition sent to Ukraine often come from Pentagon assets in Europe, and the deliveries are coordinated by the Security Assistance Group-Ukraine, an organization established in late 2022, based in Germany and operating under the Pentagon's European Command.

U.S. officials also said that additional long-range ATACMS missiles could be provided to Ukraine as soon as Precision Strike Missiles (a short-range ballistic missile developed by the U.S. Army to replace the MGM-140 ATACMS) begin arriving at Pentagon warehouses.

The United States has a limited number of these missiles, officials said. The rest of the ATACMS arsenal, they said, is reserved for contingency plans if the United States goes to war with Russia, North Korea or China.

Earlier, On April 20, the US House of Representatives voted on further US assistance to Ukraine and supported the bill. There were 311 votes in favor (101 Republicans + 210 Democrats) and 112 against. Now the Senate (the upper house of the U.S. Congress) must approve the aid package. Senators will begin voting on the document on Tuesday, April 23.

Earlier, it was reported that The Pentagon will need less than a week to deliver the first installment of U.S. military aid to Ukrainian soldiers. At least some of the equipment and weapons for Ukraine are already ready for shipment.

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