$400 million in additional aid to Ukraine > US Department of Defense > Release
Today, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced that it has approved a presidential cut of up to $400 million in security assistance to meet Ukraine’s critical security and defense needs. This approval is the twenty-fifth withdrawal of equipment by the Biden administration from the inventory of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine since August 2021.
Features in this package include:
• Missiles for air defense systems HAWK;
• Four Avenger air defense systems and Stinger missiles;
• Additional ammunition for high mobility missile systems (HIMARS);
• 21,000 155 mm artillery rounds;
• 500 precision-guided 155 mm artillery rounds;
• 10,000 mortar rounds of 120 mm caliber;
• 100 high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles (HMMWV);
• 400 grenade launchers;
• Small arms, optics and more than 20,000,000 pieces of ammunition for small arms;
• Demolition equipment to remove obstacles;
• Protective equipment against cold weather.
With Russia’s relentless and brutal airstrikes against Ukraine’s critical infrastructure, additional air defense capabilities are critical. The HAWK missiles, which will be refurbished using funds from the Ukrainian Security Assistance Initiative, will complement Spain’s recent commitment to HAWK launchers to help Ukraine confront this threat. The Avenger short-range air defense systems will also provide Ukraine with the ability to protect Ukrainian troops and critical infrastructure from unmanned aerial systems and helicopters.
In total, the United States has committed more than $19.3 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of the Biden administration. Since 2014, the United States has committed more than $21.4 billion in security assistance to Ukraine and more than $18.6 billion since Russia’s unprovoked and brutal invasion began on February 24.
To meet the evolving demands of the Ukrainian battlefield, the United States will continue to work with its allies and partners to provide critical capabilities to Ukraine.
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