The United States has announced a new security package, including approval of a presidential withdrawal of security assistance worth up to $425 million, as well as $1.75 billion in funds from the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI), according to the statement from the US Defense Department. .
The package drew $425 million from existing Defense Department stockpiles and $1.75 billion from Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative funds. The new package has provided $29.3 billion to Ukraine since the start of the Russian military operation last February.
In Friday’s announcement, the US is also adding the critical air defense capabilities to help Ukraine defend its people, as well as armored infantry vehicles and more equipment that Ukraine uses so effectively, including Javelin anti-tank missiles, artillery ammunition and conventional and long-range missiles for the US. supplied HIMARS.
According to the statement, the specific capabilities include additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS); additional 155 mm artillery rounds; Additional 120mm mortar rounds; 190 heavy machine guns with thermal imaging sights and associated ammunition to counter unmanned aerial systems; 181 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles; 250 Javelin anti-armour systems; 2,000 anti-armor missiles; claymore anti-personnel ammunition; ammunition destruction; cold weather gear, helmets and other field gear.
“In total, the United States has now pledged $30 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the start of the Biden administration. Since 2014, the United States has pledged more than $32 billion in security assistance to Ukraine and more than $29.3 billion. since the beginning of the unprovoked, large-scale invasion of Russia on February 24, 2022,” the statement said.
The United States will continue to work with its allies and partners to provide Ukraine with the capabilities to meet its immediate needs on the battlefield as well as its longer-term security support needs, it added.
In the first week of January, the United States announced military aid worth more than $3.75 billion to Ukraine, European allies and partners, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement.
Blinken is quoted in the statement as saying, “This aid includes a withdrawal of $2.85 billion from Defense Department stockpiles to be immediately provided to Ukraine and $225 million in foreign military funding to build long-term capability. build and modernize the army of Ukraine.”
He added: “It also includes $682 million in foreign military funding for European partners and allies to boost and complement donations of military equipment to Ukraine.”
The US, in particular, has provided military and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine since Moscow launched its offensive on February 24, 2022.
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