WASHINGTON (NEWSnet/AP) — The U.S. will send about $225 million in military aid to Ukraine, U.S. officials said Thursday.

The officials said the aid includes munitions for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or HIMARS, as well as mortar systems and an array of artillery rounds.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss aid that has not yet been publicly announced.

Under a new U.S. directive, Ukraine can use such weapons to strike across the border into Russia if forces there are attacking or preparing to attack.

That change, however, does not alter U.S. policy that directs Ukraine not to use American-provided ATACMS or long-range missiles and other munitions to strike offensively inside Russia, according to U.S. officials.

The new aid package comes as President Joe Biden used his speech Thursday at the American cemetery in Normandy on the 80th anniversary of D-Day to vow that the U.S. “will not walk away” from the defense of Ukraine and allow Russia to threaten more of Europe. 

Biden is expected to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Paris on Friday.

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