A load of more than 60 Bradley fighting vehicles departed South Carolina for Ukraine last week as part of the latest $2.5 billion package in military aid that the Biden administration announced earlier this month.
The armored vehicle, named after World War II Gen. Omar Bradley, is operated by three crew members and can transport up to seven infantry around the battlefield.
It’s outfitted with a 25mm automatic cannon, as well as a 7.62 Coaxial Machine Gun and an anti-tank missile launcher.
“The Bradley is a very powerful vehicle that we are providing to the Ukrainians,” Army Lt. Col. Rebecca D’Angelo, the 841st Transportation Battalion commander who is overseeing the transport, said on Monday.
“This is going to hopefully enhance their capabilities to provide forward advancement in the battlefield and regain lost grounds, by having equipment that matches or exceeds what the Russians have.”
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After months of resistance, the Biden administration agreed to send 31 Abrams M1 tanks to Ukraine last week.
Germany, the United Kingdom, and other allied partners also announced they’d be sending their own tanks to help fend off Russia’s invasion.
The U.S. has also sent 90 Stryker combat vehicles, about 1,700 Humvees, dozens of mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles, and other armored vehicles.
Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, renewed calls last week for the U.S. and Germany to send fighter jets to Ukraine.
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Russia, meanwhile, is growing increasingly wary of support for Ukraine by the U.S. and Europe.
“There are constant statements from European capitals and Washington that the sending of various weapons systems to Ukraine, including tanks, in no way signifies the involvement of these countries or the alliance in hostilities in Ukraine,” Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said last week, according to Reuters.
“We categorically disagree with this, and in Moscow, everything that the alliance and the capitals I mentioned are doing is seen as direct involvement in the conflict.”
Fox News’ Caitlin McFall contributed to this report.