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US to send billions more in aid to Ukraine

The US is to give Ukraine a further $4.5bn (£3.7bn).

That’ll bring its total budgetary support, since Russia launched its invasion back in February, to $8.5bn (£7bn).

The package includes $1bn for weapons – including munitions for long-range weapons and armored medical transport vehicles, according to acting Pentagon spokesman Todd Breasseale.

The World Bank estimates that 55% of Ukrainians will be living in poverty by the end of 2023 as a result of the war – compared with 2.5% at the start of this year.

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) said the money will help Ukrainian government to maintain infrastructure such as schools and hospitals and to deliver humanitarian supplies.

USAID added that robust safeguards had been put in place to make sure the money is properly used.

Editing by Omotola Oguneye