The Biden administration announced Friday it’s sending a $400 million security aid shipment to Ukraine that includes four more High Mobility Rocket Systems (HIMARS) and ammunition.
President Joe Biden authorized the 15thdrawdown of equipment using authority that permits the agency to transmit ammunition from its own stockpile, Acting Pentagon Press Secretary Todd Breasseale said in a statement. (RELATED: As Their Military Retreats, Ukraine Demands Aid Package Bigger Than Their Entire Pre-War Economy)
The United States will provide Ukraine with a new $400 million military aid package, a decree signed by President Biden. The package will include four HIMARS multiple rocket launchers and 1,000 150mm artillery shells. The United States delivered eight HIMARS earlier to Kyiv. pic.twitter.com/2hri6RKHXK
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The package is intended to help Ukraine with “artillery battle” occurring in the Donbas region of the country, a senior defense official announced. According to the press release, this package contains tactical vehicles for equipment recovery, counter-battery system spare parts and demolition munitions.
In the past three weeks, $2.2 billion has been committed by the U.S. to Ukraine’s security assistance. The U.S. sent $8 billion of assistance to Ukraine since the inception of the Biden administration. The news came a day after the viral video of Russia striking a large missile in Ukraine. Military affairs officials and experts are taking a longer-term perspective on the Russia-Ukraine conflict. They anticipate that the war will continue for at least six more months, as Russia and Ukraine fight in Donbas.