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The United States has released the latest security assistance package to Ukraine which includes another $1 Billion for the Ukrainian military.
Todd Breasseale, the acting spokesman for the Pentagon, called it, “the single largest package using the president’s drawdown authority, including munitions for long-range weapons and armored medical transport vehicles…”
According to Reuters, “The package adds to about $8.8 billion in aid the United States has given Ukraine since Russia’s invasion on Feb. 24… It includes munitions for HIMARS, NASAMS surface-to-air missile system ammunition, and as many as 50 M113 armored medical transports.”
According to a statement from the Department of Defense, “In total, the United States has now committed approximately $9.8 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of the Biden Administration. Since 2014, the United States has committed more than $11.8 billion in security assistance to Ukraine.”
Despite the high amount of assistance given to Ukraine, Russia has still seen significant gains in Donbas in recent months.
The new package includes:
- Additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS)
- 75,000 rounds of 155mm artillery ammunition
- 20 120mm mortar systems and 20,000 rounds of 120mm 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, including first aid kits, bandages, monitors, and other equipment
Considering the recent CBS documentary showing the lack of accountability for Western weapons sent to Ukraine, which stated only 30% of American weapons actually make it to the Ukrainian military, some are concerned that the latest batch of weapons will also end up on the black market.