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Tensions with Russia, the first shipment of military aid to Ukraine arrives from the US

Tensions with Russia, the first shipment of military aid to Ukraine arrives from

The United States says the first shipment of military aid promised by President Joe Biden to Ukraine amid a stalemate with Russia has arrived in Kiev.

"Late Friday, the US embassy in Kiev posted on Twitter photos of a shipment that it said had just arrived from the US, worth about ,000 200,000, including ammunition for Ukraine's front-line defenders."

The delegation demonstrated "Washington's commitment to helping Ukraine strengthen its defenses against growing Russian aggression," the embassy said on Twitter.

Top US and Russian diplomats agreed on Friday to continue talks on the Ukraine stalemate, although their meeting brought no move in the worst security crisis to emerge between Moscow and the West since the Cold War.

Russia has amassed tens of thousands of troops on the Ukrainian border, and Western allies have also supplied Ukraine with weapons and equipment.

Britain sent anti-tank missiles earlier this week, while the Baltic defense ministers issued a statement saying they had received US approval to send Stinger air defense missiles and Javelin anti-tank missiles to strengthen Kiev's defense.

Also, NATO President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, who announced his strong ties with Russia and Ukraine, renewed an offer to mediate between the two countries. Erdogan said he plans to visit Kiev next month, adding that he will also hold talks with Putin.

Russia has further enhanced the plan by announcing more military exercises in the region. It has also refused to rule out the possibility of military deployments in the Caribbean, and Putin has contacted rival Western leaders.

Moscow denies it is planning an invasion of Ukraine, and instead accuses the West of plotting "provocations" in the country, citing arms shipments from the UK in recent days.

Russia is demanding mandatory security guarantees, including a permanent ban on Ukraine's NATO membership to Kiev, and the removal of most of the US and allied military presence in Eastern Europe.

Washington, Brussels and NATO have rejected these demands and warned that any attack on Ukraine would have costly consequences.

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