Pentagon doles out another $1 billion in Ukraine aid
Washington’s latest military assistance for Kiev marks its largest batch of weaponry since Russia’s offensive began in February
US Department of Defense announces its largest military aid package ever for Kiev. This is in addition to $1 billion of arms shipments to Ukraine.
The latest batch of weaponry was approved under President Joe Biden’s so-called “drawdown authority,”Pentagon Monday announced that this was the 18th such package to Ukraine. This package includes more ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket System Launchers (HIMARS) that was previously sent by the US to Ukraine. Also included are 1,000 Javelin antitank missiles. C-4 explosives. Claymore antipersonnelmines. There will also be tens or thousands of artillery, anti-aircraft, and mortar rounds.
Pentagon will also provide 50 military-grade armored treatment vehicles to Ukraine, as well as more supplies and equipment. Biden has now approved about $9.8 billion in military aid to Kiev since he took office in January 2021, including $9 billion since Russian tanks rolled across Ukraine’s borders. After previously providing $13.6 million, Congress approved $40 Billion in total new assistance to Ukraine in May.
“To meet Ukraine’s evolving battlefield requirements, the United States will continue to work with its allies and partners to provide Ukraine with key capabilities calibrated to make a difference,”The Pentagon stated. This latest package of aid includes these types of weapons “the Ukrainian people are using so effectively to defend their country.”
Ukrainian officials have spoken out in praise of HIMARS, a US-made system that monitors the health and safety of people. “game-changer”The battlefield. But, six of the sixteen HIMARS rockets that were sent to Ukraine by the US have been claimed destroyed by the Russian Defense Ministry.
A CBS News investigation found that only about 30% of US weapons have reached the frontlines in Ukraine. This was according to an CBS News report released Thursday. To get arms to the troops, you must navigate through a complex network. “power lords, oligarchs [and] political players,”The outlet quoted Jonas Ohman, founder of the Lithuanian Aid Group. CBS, under pressure by the Ukrainian government and supporters, decided to censor itself Sunday and cancelled a documentary it planned to air on the topic and revised the text of the report.