U.S. to Send More Artillery and Ammunition to Ukraine
The United States announced on Monday that it would send an additional $800 million in military aid to Ukraine, including artillery, ammunition, and coastal defense systems. This is the latest in a series of military aid packages that the US has provided to Ukraine since Russia invaded the country in February.
The new aid package includes:
- 18 155mm howitzers
- 36,000 155mm artillery rounds
- 108 Tactical Vehicles to tow 155mm Howitzers
- 20 armored High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs)
- 10 AN/TPQ-36 Counter-Artillery Radars
- 2 Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems
- Thousands of Switchblade Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems
- Other ammunition and equipment
The new aid package comes as Ukrainian forces are facing a renewed Russian offensive in the eastern Donbas region. The US has been providing Ukraine with military aid since the start of the war, and this latest package is a sign of the Biden administration’s commitment to supporting Ukraine’s defense.
The announcement of the new aid package was met with praise from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. In a statement, Zelenskyy said that the new aid “will help Ukraine defend itself from Russian aggression and protect its people.”
The new aid package is also a sign of the growing international support for Ukraine. The US has been leading the effort to provide military aid to Ukraine, but it has been joined by other countries, including the United Kingdom, Canada, and Germany.
The war in Ukraine is a major conflict with far-reaching implications. The US and its allies are committed to supporting Ukraine’s defense, and the new aid package is a sign of their resolve.
US President Joe Biden has announced an additional $800 million in military aid to Ukraine to support their efforts against Russia’s invasion, particularly in the eastern Donbas region. This new package contains heavy artillery weapons, dozens of howitzers, 144,000 rounds of ammunition to complement those howitzers, and more tactical drones. This comes eight days after the US disclosed a previous $800 million military aid package that included artillery systems, artillery ammunition, helicopters, and armoured personnel carriers. In addition to the military aid, the US will also provide an extra $500 million in direct economic assistance to the Ukrainian government and impose a ban on Russian ships in US ports.
President Biden stated that the US has been transferring weapons and equipment to Ukraine at a “record speed,” and this assistance has helped Ukraine resist Russia’s military progress. The US has also started training Ukrainian forces on the 155mm howitzer cannons included in the earlier $800 million weapons package.
Last month, the US Congress approved $13.6 billion in aid to Ukraine, but Biden indicated that he would request more funds from lawmakers to ensure the uninterrupted flow of military assistance to Ukraine. He also reiterated his commitment to holding Russian President Vladimir Putin accountable for the war, noting the ongoing imposition of sanctions on the Russian economy and Putin’s inner circle by the US and its allies