US announces additional $1.1 billion arms and equipment package for Ukraine

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The United States announced an additional $1.1 billion package of arms and equipment for Ukraine to help the country fight the ongoing Russian invasion.

The latest tranche of U.S. military assistance, channeled through the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI), includes 18 new High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, or HIMARS, which the Ukraine has used so effectively on the battlefield.

It also includes hundreds of armored vehicles, radars and counter-drone systems.

The list of capabilities the Pentagon released in a press release includes 18 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) and associated ordnance; 150 High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Armored Vehicles (HMMWV); 150 tactical vehicles to tow weapons; 40 trucks and 80 trailers for transporting heavy equipment; Two radars for unmanned aerial systems; 20 multi-mission radars; Counter-unmanned aerial systems; Secure tactical communication systems, surveillance and optical systems; Explosive Ordnance Disposal Equipment; bulletproof vests and other field equipment. In addition, the US government provided funds for training, maintenance, and sustainment.

The USAI package is a commitment by the United States to continue supporting Ukraine over the long term. It represents a multi-year investment in critical capabilities to build the enduring strength of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

Announcing this at a press briefing, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said: “We will continue to support the Ukrainian people and provide them with the security assistance they need to defend themselves for as long as necessary.

The United States has so far committed more than $16.2 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the Russian attack began on February 24.

Ukraine managed to resist the Russian onslaught and thwart attacks on many battlefronts with the help of Western military aid. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy continues to ask the world to provide more security assistance in his relentless resistance against the military superpower.

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