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US announces $1 bn in new arms aid to Ukraine

24.04.2024 22:30
The United States on Wednesday announced a new USD 1 billion arms package for Ukraine's defence against Russia, including ammunition for HIMARS rocket systems and Bradley fighting vehicles.
A Bradley fighting vehicle
A Bradley fighting vehiclePhoto: Winifred Brown, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

According to a statement by the US Department of Defense, the new security assistance package includes "capabilities to support Ukraine's most urgent requirements, including air defense interceptors, artillery rounds, armored vehicles, and anti-tank weapons." 

Specifically, Washington will provide Kyiv with "RIM-7 and AIM-9M missiles for air defense; Stinger anti-aircraft missiles; small arms and additional rounds of small arms ammunition, including .50 caliber rounds to counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS); additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS); 155mm artillery rounds, including High Explosive and Dual Purpose Improved Conventional Munitions rounds; 105mm artillery rounds;" and "60mm mortar rounds," the statement said.

The package also contains "Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles; Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles (MRAPs); High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs); logistics support vehicles; tactical vehicles to tow and haul equipment; Tube-Launched, Optically-Tracked, Wire-Guided (TOW) missiles; and Javelin and AT-4 anti-armor systems," according to the Pentagon.

Moreover, Ukraine will be provided with "precision aerial munitions; airfield support equipment; anti-armor mines; Claymore anti-personnel munitions; demolitions munitions for obstacle clearing; and night vision devices;" in addition to "spare parts, field equipment, training munitions, maintenance, and other ancillary equipment."

The Pentagon said this new package "will surge munitions, weapons, and equipment forward to support Ukraine's ability to defend its frontlines, protect its cities, and counter Russia's continued attacks."

It added: "With the bipartisan support of Congress, Ukraine can count on strong and resolute U.S. leadership to provide consistent security assistance support – together with some 50 Allies and partners – to ensure its brave defenders receive the critical capabilities needed to fight Russian aggression."

The United States has committed more than USD 44.2 billion in security aid to Ukraine since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion in February 2022, according to officials.

The United States "continues to work with its Allies and partners to provide Ukraine with additional capabilities to defend itself," the Pentagon said in its statement.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, starting the largest armed conflict in Europe since World War II.

Wednesday is day 791 of Russias war on Ukraine.


Source: PAP, defense.gov, ukrinform.net