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Ukraine war

Biden to send armed drones to Ukraine, increasing defense aid

Announcement of $800m package comes as Zelenskyy asks Congress for support

The U.S. is reportedly sending the cutting-edge killer drone Switchblade to Ukraine. (AeroVironment via AP)

NEW YORK -- U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday authorized $800 million in defense aid for Ukraine, including Stinger anti-aircraft systems and armed drones, on top of the $200 million from Saturday.

"This new package on its own is going to provide unprecedented assistance to Ukraine," Biden said in a speech minutes before signing the memorandum. "It includes 800 anti-aircraft systems to make sure the Ukrainian military ... can continue to stop the planes and helicopters that have been attacking their people and to defend their Ukrainian airspace." 

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