A crashed Russian tank on the side of the road in Ukraine.

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The United States will give Ukraine an additional $270 million to help defend itself against Russian aggression, including $100 million for drones, the White House said Friday amid fighting in eastern Ukraine.

The package, authorized by US President Joe Biden, will allow Kiev to purchase 580 Phoenix Ghost unmanned aerial vehicles from the private company AEVEX Aerospace LLC, White House press secretary John Kirby told reporters at a briefing.

The package includes another tranche of about $175 million for other defense assistance, the White House said in a separate memo.

The additional US funding comes as Ukraine seeks to fight back against Moscow as Europe’s worst conflict since World War II enters its fifth month.

President Vladimir Zelensky said this week that his troops could do a lot of damage to Russia as Kyiv relies on Western weaponry in a planned counterattack and recapture of territory.

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