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    US to Send Ukraine Dozens Of Bradleys in $2.85B Aid Package

    US to Send Ukraine Dozens Of Bradleys in .85B Aid Package

    — The U.S. will send nearly $3 billion in military aid, in a massive new package that will for the first time include several dozen Bradley fighting vehicles, U.S. officials said Thursday, in the Biden administration's latest step to send increasingly lethal and powerful weapons to help Ukraine beat back Russian forces.

    The aid — totaling about $2.85 billion — is the largest in a series of packages of military equipment that the Pentagon has pulled from its stockpiles to send to Ukraine. It is aimed at getting as much to the Ukrainian forces as possible during the winter months, before spring sets in and an expected increase in fighting begins.

    An announcement is expected Friday, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the package have not been publicly announced.

    President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz confirmed in a statement Thursday that the U.S. would provide Bradleys to Ukraine while would provide Marder armored personnel carriers. The statement did not reveal the number of vehicles the countries intended to supply.

    The Bradley fighting vehicles are medium-armored combat vehicles that can serve as a fortified troop carrier on the battlefield. It has tracks rather than wheels, but is lighter and more agile than a tank. It can carry about 10 personnel, and is seen as a critical way to move troops safely into battle.

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