U.S. President Joe Biden has pledged to send Ukraine more advanced rocket systems and munitions to more precisely strike key targets on the battlefield. The White House had been hesitant to send the weapons, which have long been requested by Kyiv.

The Biden administration will send the systems as part of a new $700 million military aid package for Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has described Russian bombing in the front-line eastern city of Sievierodonetsk as “insanity” given the presence of a large-scale chemical plant.

Residents of Sievierodonetsk have been warned not to leave bomb shelters due to the risk posed by toxic fumes.

Biden touts new military aid package, vows U.S. will continue to arm Ukraine against Russia

President Joe Biden touted the latest military aid package for Ukraine and vowed that the U.S. will “continue to provide Ukraine with weapons and equipment to defend itself” against Russia’s invasion.

The $700 million aid package, which includes an advanced rocket-launcher system known by the acronym HIMARS, will “provide timely and critical aid to the Ukrainian military,” Biden said in a statement.

The statement came a day after The New York Times published an opinion essay penned by Biden, who wrote that the U.S. does not want Ukraine to fire those rockets into Russia. “We are not encouraging or enabling Ukraine to strike beyond its borders. We do not want to prolong the war just to inflict pain on Russia,” he wrote.

In Wednesday’s statement, Biden said that the U.S. “will stand with our Ukrainian partners and continue to provide Ukraine with weapons and equipment to defend itself.”

“We will continue to lead the world in providing historic assistance to support Ukraine’s fight for freedom,” he said.

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