The Pentagon announced Wednesday that Washington will expand its weapons delivery to Ukraine. This includes artillery and armored vehicles as well as helicopters. US President Joe Biden said that the $2.6 million in weapons he supplied to Kiev from February to defeat what he called the Russian scheme. “conquer and control” Ukraine.
“The steady supply of weapons the United States and its Allies and partners have provided to Ukraine has been critical in sustaining its fight against the Russian invasion. This has ensured that Putin was unable to succeed in his original war plan to control and conquer Ukraine. We cannot rest now,”After his meeting with Volodymyr Zelensky, Biden made the following statement to the White House.
There are also many other options. “highly effective”The US is now sending Stinger anti-aircraft missiles (Javelin anti-tank rockets) and Stinger anti–aircraft rockets. “new capabilities tailored to the wider assault”Biden indicated that the US expects Russian forces will launch an attack on eastern Ukraine.
The Pentagon on Wednesday afternoon provided some details about the new aid, which is valued at $800 million – about $50 million more than estimated by leaks to the media on Tuesday.
The US will send 500 additional Javelins as well as 300 Switchblade kamikaze helicopters. It also plans to send 18 155mm howitzers with some 40,000 rounds and ten counter-artillery and surveillance radars.
“We tailored this list specifically to meet the needs that they have asked for with respect to what’s going on in eastern Ukraine,”John Kirby, Pentagon spokesperson, stated to reporters that the US will begin sending the equipment. “right away.”
Kirby listed other weapons as well, including 30,000 sets body armor and helmets, chemical, biological and nuclear protective equipment, anti-personnel landing mines, C-4 explosives, and drone boats. “unmanned coastal defense vessels.”
From the list Kirby provided, it wasn’t clear whether the howitzers would be the self-propelled M109 or the towed M777. M113 was the first aluminum-hull APC to be deployed in 1962. In 2007, it was made obsolete.
Lockheed Martin makes the AN/TPQ-3G truck-mounted anti-artillery radars. Raytheon’s AN/MPQ64 Sentinel 3D anti–aircraft radar is designed to be towed with a Humvee.
Mi-17, a Soviet-designed transport helicopter that can sometimes be upgraded into a gunship. These helicopters were bought by the US to be used in the Afghan National Army’s collapse last August. This occurred before any American soldiers could flee Kabul. Five of these helicopters were being used by Ukraine when the US handed them to Kiev in January. “Russian invasion.”
Washington collaborates with “allies and partners to identify and provide Ukraine with additional capabilities that aren’t capabilities in our stock,”Kirby stated.
By the Pentagon’s own admission, this is the seventh time the US Defense Department has reached into its stockpiles since August 2021, to supply Ukraine. According to US officials, the US has estimated that $2.6 billion in military assistance was provided to Kiev by US forces since February 24, 2019.
According to reports, the Pentagon also met with the eight largest US weapon manufacturers (Raytheon, Boeing and Lockheed Martin), Northrop Grumman General Dynamics, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman) to talk about how to produce additional weapons systems in order to replace the lost production.
It is hard to find independent confirmations of effectiveness for US-supplied weaponry. Many Javelins, Stingers and other weapons were seen in Donetsk’s hands by the Lugansk and Donetsk militias as well as Russian troops.
Russia warned NATO that all convoys transporting arms and equipment to Ukraine are legitimate targets. The S-300 air defense systems that Slovakia sent to Ukraine last week were allegedly destroyed in a cruise missile strike in Dnepropetrovsk – a city Ukrainians call Dnipro – on Sunday, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.
Moscow attacked the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements signed in 2014, and Russia’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. Minsk Protocol was an agreement between France and Germany that gave breakaway areas special status within Ukraine.
Russia demands that Ukraine declares itself neutral, and that it will not join NATO-led NATO military bloc. Kiev claims that the Russian invasion was unprovoked. It also denies any plans to take the republics with force.