The United States is sending a $1 billion military aid package to Ukraine, including long-range artillery ammunition, anti-armor systems, Claymore mines, armored medical vehicles and other equipment, according to a new Pentagon announcement.
The aid, which is being sent via presidential “drawdown” authority, will be transferred from U.S. stocks.
“This authorization is the Biden administration’s eighteenth drawdown of equipment from DOD inventories for Ukraine since August 2021,” according to a statement from to acting Pentagon Press Secretary Todd Breasseale.
“It is the largest single drawdown of U.S. arms and equipment utilizing this authority, and this package provides a significant amount of additional ammunition, weapons and equipment -- the types of which the Ukrainian people are using so effectively to defend their country,” he said.
Capabilities in this package include:
- Additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS);
- 75,000 rounds of 155 mm artillery ammunition;
- 20 120 mm mortar systems and 20,000 rounds of 120 mm mortar ammunition;
- Munitions for National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS);
- 1,000 Javelin and hundreds of AT4 anti-armor systems;
- 50 armored medical treatment vehicles;
- Claymore anti-personnel munitions;
- C-4 explosives, demolition munitions, and demolition equipment;
- Medical supplies, to include first aid kits, bandages, monitors, and other equipment.
The United States has now committed approximately $9.8 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of the Biden administration.