US President Joe Biden announced Sunday a new weapons package for Kyiv, as he met his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky in Hiroshima.

Biden said the package would include "ammunition, artillery, armored vehicles" -- days after giving allies the okay to transfer advanced F-16 jets to Ukraine.

It signalled a major breakthrough for Kyiv, which has repeatedly – and until recently unsuccessfully – pushed its Western supporters to agree to provide high-tech jets as it fights to fend off Russia's more than year-long invasion.

Biden, who is in Japan for the G7 summit, said on Friday the United States "will support a joint effort with our allies and partners to train Ukrainian pilots on fourth-generation fighter aircraft, including F-16s, to further strengthen and improve the capabilities of the Ukrainian Air Force," the official said.


"As the training takes place over the coming months, our coalition of countries participating in this effort will decide when to actually provide jets, how many we will provide, and who will provide them."

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