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US considers sending military helicopters to Ukraine

These would include a dozen Black Hawks and other armaments

The US government is considering the possibility of transferring to Ukraine a fleet of helicopters and other military equipment decommissioned from Afghanistan. It is a measure aimed at strengthening Kiev's air defense in the face of the buildup of Russian troops near the border. The armaments were requested by Zelensky's government. Now the US National Security Council will have to approve or not their delivery, while the Biden administration seeks a diplomatic solution to convince Moscow to withdraw its army. 

Washington's military aid to Kiev consists of: 5 Russian-made Mi-17 helicopters that were being supplied to the Afghan Air Force and 12 Black Hawks that had not yet been delivered to Kabul. The aircraft would provide more mobility to the Ukrainian military, which must guard a large front on the border after the 2014 war that led to the annexation of Crimea and the proclamation of pro-Moscow separatist republics in eastern Ukraine.

Since 2014, the US Security Council has given about $2.5 billion in military aid to Ukraine, including $450 million in economic support in 2021.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency
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