Ukraine Recap: US to Send $250 Million More in Arms From Stock

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(Bloomberg) -- The US announced its latest package of military aid to Ukraine, a $250 million drawdown from existing Pentagon stock that includes anti-mine equipment, obstacle-clearing explosives, AIM-9M air-to-air missiles, artillery shells and other ammunition. “This package contains important capabilities to help Ukraine on the battlefield,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement.

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