Ukraine live briefing: Zelensky continues appeal for tanks; $2.5 billion U.S. aid package announced

The United States on Thursday announced a new $2.5 billion military aid package for Ukraine. The package includes hundreds of armored vehicles — including Stryker personnel

carriers — as well as ammunition and Avenger air defense systems. The West appears to be shifting its stance on sending tanks to Ukraine, as Kyiv continues its appeals

for them. On Thursday, officials from 11 European nations announced a separate aid package for Ukraine, including a squadron of Challenger 2 tanks from Britain. Prime Minister

Mateusz Morawiecki said earlier this week that Poland would consider sending German-made Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine without Germany’s approval. Meanwhile, Berlin has been in a

standoff with Washington over the provision of tanks to Ukraine, saying Germany will only do so if the United States sends them as well, The Washington Post reported. In

his nightly address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky underscored the need for the equipment to defeat Russia. “One of the most important elements is tanks,” the Ukrainian

leader said. “Modern Western tanks, on the supply of which we are negotiating with our partners.” Here’s the latest on the war and its ripple effects across the globe.