May 18, 2022

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Moscow sent a diplomatic note to the US State Department this week calling on Washington to halt military aid to Ukraine, reports Reuters.

The Washington Post initially reported the document, also known as a demarche. It read: “We call on the United States and its allies to stop the irresponsible militarization of Ukraine, which implies unpredictable consequences for regional and international security.”

The document was sent as the White House prepared an announcement of the latest round of military aid to Ukraine. The package is estimated at $800 million and includes “highly effective weapons systems.”

“These new capabilities include artillery systems, artillery rounds, and armored personnel carriers. I have also approved the transfer of additional helicopters,” President Joe Biden said in a Wednesday press release regarding the new aid package. “In addition, we continue to facilitate the transfer of significant capabilities from our Allies and partners around the world.”

Earlier this month, the US State Department said that the Biden administration sent over $1.7 billion in aid to Kyiv since the conflict began on February 24.

Last week, Israel365 News reported that Ukraine’s military and officials accused Moscow of dropping chemical weapons on the port city of Mariupol.