According to a statement issued by the United States Department of Defense on April 28, 2022, United States President Joe Biden has asked the United States Congress for $30 billion in new military and economic aid for Ukraine. The military package will include artillery systems, armored vehicles, anti-tank weapons and air defense missile systems.
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United States Marine Corps M777 155mm towed howitzers are staged on the flight line before being loaded onto an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft at March Air Reserve Base , Calif., April 22, 2022. Howitzers are included in U.S. and allied efforts to identify and equip Ukraine with additional capabilities. (Image source US DoD)
Following the deterioration of political relations between Ukraine and Russia, and the impossibility of finding a peaceful solution to this conflict, the United States will continue and increase its support for the Ukrainian government. Fighting continues in Ukraine’s Donbass region with 92 Russian battalion tactical groups now operating in the area. Russian troops leave Mariupol to the northwest even though fighting continues in the Black Sea port.
Overall, the package amounts to $30 billion, including $20.4 billion in additional security and military assistance for Ukraine and for US efforts to bolster European security. This is done in full consultation with NATO allies and partner nations concerned about Russia’s unprovoked war.
The package would include $5 billion in additional drawdown authority, $6 billion for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative and $4 billion for the US State Department’s Foreign Military Funding Program.
Citing information from the White House, the assistance to Ukraine includes funds that will allow us to ensure that Ukraine has the weapons it needs to fight this fight, to replenish our own stockpiles of key systems, to to help other countries break free from dependence on Russian weapons, to enable the Ukrainian government to continue to perform its basic functions, to combat food insecurity exacerbated by Russia’s war of aggression and to support refugees Ukrainians and the countries that offer them refuge.
The funds will provide the Ukrainians with an additional and uninterrupted flow of artillery, armored vehicles, anti-tank weapons and air defense missile systems. The package will also forge a stronger NATO security posture through support for U.S. troop deployments to NATO territory, including transporting personnel and equipment, temporary duty, special pay, airlift, weapon system sustainment and medical support,
On April 21, 2022, the United States had already approved $800 million in additional military assistance to Ukraine, including 72 M777 155mm towed howitzers, 72 tactical vehicles to tow the howitzers, 144,000 artillery shells, 121 Phoenix Gost tactical unmanned aerial systems, field equipment, and spare parts.