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US to ship weapons to Ukraine following Baltic request

Delivery comes with tensions at fever pitch on the former Soviet republic’s eastern border with Russia; exact quantities and types of military supplies not yet specified

A Ukrainian soldier walks on the line of separation from pro-Russian rebels, Donetsk region, Ukraine, January 10, 2022 (AP Photo/Andriy Dubchak)
A Ukrainian soldier walks on the line of separation from pro-Russian rebels, Donetsk region, Ukraine, January 10, 2022 (AP Photo/Andriy Dubchak)

BERLIN — The United States has approved requests by Baltic nations to ship US-made weapons to Ukraine amid fears of a Russian invasion, officials said Thursday.

A US State Department official in Berlin, where Secretary of State Antony Blinken was holding talks on Ukraine, said the United States was “expediting authorized transfers of US-origin equipment from other allies.”

“European allies have what they need to move forward on additional security assistance (to) Ukraine in the coming days and weeks,” the official said.

A source familiar with the authorizations said the approval was for urgent requests by Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to assist Ukraine, a fellow former Soviet republic.

The exact amounts and types of weapons were not specified but the Baltic nations’ arsenals include Javelins, portable missiles capable of destroying tanks.

Tens of thousands of Russian troops along with tanks and artillery have been deployed near the Ukrainian border since late last year, rattling the three Baltic nations, which are members of NATO.

A convoy of Russian armored vehicles moves along a highway in Crimea, Jan. 18, 2022 (AP Photo)

US President Joe Biden’s administration since last year has approved $650 million in weapons to Ukraine, $200 million of it last month amid fears of war.

While the Biden administration boasts that the shipments are the most ever by the United States, Ukraine has voiced hope for military supplies as quickly as possible, with shipments from nearby countries especially valuable.

Britain has also rushed to support Ukraine, announcing on Monday that it was sending anti-tank weapons.

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