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U.S. to hand over Ukraine drones, counter-battery radars

U.S. to hand over Ukraine drones, counter-battery radarsThe United States will hand over a new batch of counter-battery radars, drones, and means of secure communication to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Ukrainian Ambassador to the U.S. Valeriy Chaly said on the air of Radio Liberty on Tuesday.

"The next batches [of counter-battery radars], we also expect (I won't say when) unmanned aerial vehicles, means of secure communications, modern defense equipment that will enable us combined with the capabilities of our lethal weapons to truly enhance the combat capability of the Armed Forces," he said.

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Chaly also said the U.S. budget this year envisages the largest amount of aid for Ukraine in the country's history.

"It's more than $600 million, of which $330 million will go for security and defense, $50 million [may go] for lethal weapons – though there is no decision to that effect of the White House, but it is possible," the Ukrainian diplomat said.

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On July 2, the U.S. handed over to Ukraine four AN/TPQ-36 counter-battery radar systems and ten AN/TPQ-49 systems. The ceremony took place at Boryspil International Airport and was attended by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and U.S. Ambassador to Kyiv Geoffrey Pyatt.
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