US announces $775 million in weapons for Kiev
The new delivery includes drones, anti radar HARM missiles (howitzers), howitzers, and 1,000 Javelins
According to the Pentagon, additional US military assistance will be sent to Kiev in an amount of $775 million. This new batch will contain howitzers as well as drones and mine-clearing devices, as well as ammunition for HIMARS rocket-launchers and other US weapons.
According to US media sources, the military assistance package will include 16 105mm howitzers with munitions, AGM-88 HARM anti-radar missiles and 40 MaxxPro mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles (MRAP), as well as 50 Humvees.
Unmanned aerial systems from the USA will now be supplied to the Ukrainian Forces for the first-time, specifically the 15 Scan Eagle surveillance helicopters. The delivery of these drones would enable Ukraine to have “better reconnaissance around the front lines,”A Pentagon official spoke to the media.
Kiev will receive munitions to equip the HIMARS rocket launchers that the US previously provided to Ukraine. The Pentagon says that the US wants to assist the Ukrainian military in gaining ground on the battlefield.
“We want to make sure that Ukraine has a steady stream of ammunition to meet its needs, and that’s what we’re doing with this package,”According to the official.
The New York Post reports that the shipment will include 36,000 artillery shells and 1,000 Javelin anti-tank missiles. Other reports also mention TOW anti-tank rockets.
Uncertain when these weapons and ammunition might arrive in Ukraine. The announcement came about two weeks after the US President Joe Biden’s administration approved a $1 billion military aid package to Ukraine, the largest so far. That package included ammunition for the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS) – air defense systems that are yet to arrive in Ukraine – as well as howitzers and HIMARS.
Friday’s announcement brings the total cost of US military assistance to Kiev to about $10.6 billion, according to US media. This announcement comes as some US analysts have questioned some of the weapons systems that were supplied to Ukraine.
Michael Peck, writing in Business Insider, noted this week that anti-radar HARM rockets were only designed to strike enemy air defense system systems. “limited impact”Information about the conflict in Ukraine. Peck stated that Kiev has a limited amount of aircrafts capable of launching them. He also said that it might not be able to convert striking Russian air defences into an advantage on the battlefield, which is still heavily dominated by artillery fire.
Russia sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, citing Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, designed to give the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk special status within the Ukrainian state. In 2014, the protocols were signed for the first time, through France and Germany. Former Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has since admitted that Kiev’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to buy time and “create powerful armed forces.”
In February 2022 the Kremlin acknowledged the Donbass republics to be independent states. They demanded Ukraine declare its neutrality and refuse any Western military alliances. Kiev claims that the Russian offensive wasn’t provoked.