US to buy South Korean howitzer rounds to send to Ukraine The Associated Press

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  • He said the Pentagon has regular conversations with South Korea and other allies around the world about how best to support Ukraine in the war.The revelation of the agreement came as Russia said it was beginning to withdraw its forces from the key city of Kherson.
  • However, the ministry said the negotiations were proceeding under the presumption that the U.S. would be the “end user” of those rounds and that Seoul maintains its principle of providing only non-lethal support to Ukraine.
  • A Russian withdrawal would mark a serious setback for Moscow, while giving Ukraine a critical launching pad for supplies and troops to aid its effort to win back other lost territory in the south, including Crimea, which Moscow seized in 2014.
  • The ammunition would not come from South Korean military stocks.
  • The South Korea agreement provides a sharp counterpoint to U.S. accusations earlier this month that North Korea was covertly shipping artillery to Russia.
  • In April, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy pressed South Korea to provide lethal arms after Russia’s attack on Mariupol.
WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. will buy 100,000 rounds of howitzer artillery from South Korean manufacturers to provide to Ukraine, a U.S. official said Thursday, in a deal the two governments have been wo [+5106 chars]