On Tuesday, President Biden gave the green light to his 40th military aid package for Ukraine, pushing the total amount sent to the country to over $40 billion since Russia invaded on Feb. 24, 2022, as stated by the White House.
The latest package, valued at $325 million, arrives as Ukraine’s long-expected spring counteroffensive has started.
Kyiv’s forces have spent the spring getting ready to reclaim the Russian-occupied territory in eastern Ukraine.
“[The package] includes key capabilities to aid Ukraine’s efforts to retake its sovereign territory and support Ukraine’s air defenders as they bravely protect Ukraine’s soldiers, civilians, and critical infrastructure,” the White House said in a statement.
Specifically, the US is shipping NASAMS air defense munitions, Stinger anti-aircraft systems, HIMARS precision-guided rockets, 155mm and 105mm artillery rounds, 15 Bradley fighting vehicles, 10 Stryker armored personnel carriers, Javelins, TOW missiles, AT-4 anti-armor systems, and over “22 million rounds of small arms ammunition and grenades” in the latest package.
Those items, which also include demolition munitions for clearing obstacles, communications equipment and various spare parts and “other field equipment,” will come from US stocks, which allows Washington to send the equipment to Ukraine faster than procuring and purchasing them new through congressionally approved Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative funds.
“The United States will continue to work with its Allies and partners to provide Ukraine with capabilities to meet its immediate battlefield needs and longer-term security assistance requirements,” the White House stated.
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