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Russia-Ukraine war: European leaders expected to meet in Kyiv; US pledges further $1bn arms package – live

Volodymyr Zelenskiy to push leaders of Germany, France and Italy to send more weapons to withstand Russian invasion; US package includes additional howitzers, ammunition and coastal defence systems

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US President Joe Biden earlier announced a new $1bn arms packages for Ukraine , following appeals by Kyiv for help on the eastern and southern fronts.

The support package, confirmed on Wednesday, includes 18 additional howitzers with tactical vehicles to tow them, 36,000 rounds of 155mm ammunition for the howitzers and two Harpoon coastal defence systems, the defence department said.

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