According to a statement from the US Defense Department, the US announced a new security package plan. It includes a Presidential Drawdown of security assistance worth up to USD 425 million and USD 1.75 billion in Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI) funds.
The package used 425 million dollars from the Defense Department’s existing funds and 1.75 billion dollars from the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative. Since February of last year, when Russia began its military operation in Ukraine, USD 29.3 billion have been given to the country.
In its announcement on Friday, the US also said it would help Ukraine protect its people by giving it important air defence capabilities, armoured infantry vehicles, and more equipment that Ukraine is already using so well, such as Javelin anti-tank missiles, artillery ammunition, and conventional and long-range rockets for HIMARS systems that the US is giving Ukraine.
According to the statement, the specific capabilities include more ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), more 155mm artillery rounds, more 120mm mortar rounds, 190 heavy machine guns with thermal imaging sights and ammunition to fight Unmanned Aerial Systems, 181 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicles, 250 Javelin anti-armor systems, 2,000 anti-armor rockets, claymore anti-personnel munitions, and demolitions.
“Since the beginning of the Biden Administration, the United States has given Ukraine a total of USD 30 billion in security aid. Since 2014, the US has given Ukraine more than USD 32 billion in security aid. Since Russia’s unprovoked, full-scale invasion began on February 24, 2022, the US has given Ukraine more than USD 29.3 billion in security aid “based on what was said.
It also said that the US will keep working with its allies and partners to give Ukraine the tools it needs to meet its immediate battlefield needs and its longer-term needs for security assistance.
In the first week of January, the US said it would give Ukraine, its European allies, and other partners military aid worth more than USD 3.75 billion. In a statement, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken made the news public.
In the statement, Blinken is quoted as saying, “This assistance includes a USD 2.85 billion drawdown from the Department of Defense’s stocks, which will be given to Ukraine right away, and USD 225 million in Foreign Military Financing, which will be used to build Ukraine’s long-term military capacity and help modernise its military.”
He also said, “It also includes USD 682 million in Foreign Military Financing for European partners and allies to help encourage and backfill donations of military equipment to Ukraine.”
Since Moscow’s offensive began on February 24, 2022, the US has been helping Ukraine with both military and humanitarian aid.