Artillery vehicle

US grants Ukraine billion-dollar military aid package including artillery and anti-ship missiles

Topline

President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that the United States would send Ukraine $1 billion in additional military aid, including anti-shipping systems, artillery rockets and munitions.

Highlights

This is the 12th aid package the United States has sent since the war began in February.

In a statement, Biden also announced that he would send an additional $225 million in humanitarian aid to help Ukrainians gain access to clean water, medical supplies, food, shelter and food. health care.

The weapons package includes 18 155mm howitzers, 36,000 rounds of 155mm ammunition, 18 tactical vehicles for towing howitzers, ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HMARS) and four tactical vehicles, worth a total of $350 million, the Pentagon said in a statement. .

As part of a $650 million tranche of assistance under the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, the United States will also provide Ukraine with two Harpoon coastal defense systems, thousands of secure radios, night vision, thermal devices, and funding for training, maintenance, sustainment, transportation, and administrative costs.

Key context

As the country struggles to repel Russian forces in the Donbass region, Ukrainian officials have pressed the West for more help, especially heavy artillery. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin tried to drum up support for Ukraine during a meeting Wednesday at NATO headquarters in Brussels, saying the allies must “intensify our common commitment to the self-defense of Ukraine”.

Large number

Since the start of the Biden administration, the United States has sent $6.3 billion in security aid to Ukraine, including $5.6 billion since Russia attacked Ukraine in February , Pentagon spokesman J. Todd Breasseale said in a statement.

key quote

“No matter how hard Ukraine tries, no matter how professional our army, without the help of Western partners we cannot win this war,” Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar said. , during a televised press conference.

Further reading

Senate passes $40 billion aid package for Ukraine after a week’s delay (Forbes)

With new cannons and long-range rockets, Ukraine is transforming its artillery. But maybe not fast enough. (Forbes)

Putin’s invasion of Ukraine created 5 million refugees (Forbes)

Biden rules out giving Ukraine rockets ‘that can hit Russia’ (Forbes)