Ukraine received the second shipment of weapons supply from the United States on Jan. 23 as part of a promised $200 million in security assistance amid looming fears of a potential Russian invasion.
“The second bird in Kyiv! More than 80 tons of weapons to strengthen Ukraine’s defense capabilities from our friends in the USA! And this is not the end,” Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said on Twitter.
The first weapons shipment arrived on Jan. 22.
The shipment comes as the U.S. State Department authorized the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv to reduce its staff, beginning with the departure of non-essential staff and family members.
“The Department of State made the decision to authorize departure from Mission Ukraine out of an abundance of caution due to continued Russian efforts to destabilize the country and undermine the security of Ukrainian citizens and others visiting or residing in Ukraine,” the embassy said in a statement.
However, the embassy will remain open for regular operations.
The embassy’s departure status will be reviewed after 30 days, the embassy also said.
The weapons shipment delivery and the reduction of embassy staff come as the U.S. has sought to persuade Russia to de-escalate the situation at the Ukrainian border, where Russia has amassed over 100,000 troops.
In recent weeks, Spain, France, and the United Kingdom have provided various kinds of military support to Ukraine due to potential Russian invasion.
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