Jan 24, 2022 08:50 UTC
  • Ukraine rejoices over receiving tons of lethal weapons from US

The United States has provided Ukraine with tons of lethal weapons to boost the ex-Soviet republic against, what the West insists, is a pending Russian invasion.

According to Press TV, on Sunday, Ukraine's Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov announced that the country had received a second consignment of weapons from the United States as part of military aid totaling $200 million that Washington had approved in December.

"The second bird in Kiev! More than 80 tons of weapons to strengthen Ukraine's defense capabilities from our friends in the USA! And this is not the end," Reznikov wrote on Twitter.

The first batch contained about 90 tons of "lethal security assistance," including ammunition, that reached Ukraine on Saturday.

Washington and its Western allies have cited a Russian military buildup near the border with Ukraine to accuse Moscow of planning an invasion.

Moscow has roundly rejected the allegations, saying the troop deployment is a response to NATO's eastward expansion and that it is free to move its forces about inside its own territory.

Also on Sunday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the United States and its European allies were prepared to make a "united response" against Russia if it invaded Ukraine.

The West has threatened sanctions with profound economic effects.

Blinken told CNN that if one single Russian soldier entered Ukraine in an aggressive manner, that would trigger a significant response.

However, he rebuffed calls from some US allies to immediately impose economic sanctions on Russia, saying that doing so now would not have the desired deterrent effect.