Strykers and Bradleys likely in huge US aid package to Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is finalizing a massive military aid package for Ukraine that U.S. officials say is expected to reach $2.6 billion. It is expected to include nearly 100 Stryker combat vehicles and at least 50 Bradley armored vehicles for the first time to allow Ukrainian forces to move more quickly and safely to the front lines in the war with Russia, but not the tanks wanted by Ukraine.

Officials said the numbers could change as the Biden administration makes final deliberations on the package. An announcement is expected this week when defense leaders from the United States, Europe and other regions meet in Germany to discuss military support for Ukraine. The aid is also expected to include thousands of cartridges, including rockets for air defense systems.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the aid has not yet been made public.

The decision to send the Strykers, which could be delivered within weeks, follows the British announcement to send Ukrainian main battle tanks, long sought after by Ukrainian leaders. Strykers and Bradleys are armored personnel carriers.

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