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Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, has thanked President Joe Biden for the latest aid package and pledged that his country “will not be scared by cowardly inhumane terrorist attacks of Russian war criminals”.


The US announced a new $400m aid package to Ukraine, which will include weapons, munitions and air defence equipment.


The Pentagon said the package included additional munitions for NASAMS air defence systems, High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), plus heavy machine guns with thermal imagery sights to counter Russian drones, and more than 20 million rounds of small arms ammunition.


The package also includes more than 200 generators to help Ukraine deal with power outages caused by Russian attacks on energy infrastructure.


Pentagon press secretary, Brigadier General Pat Ryder, said the generators are “intended to support both civilian and military power needs … to ease the pressure on the grid”.