US pledges $1 billion in new Ukraine military aid

On Monday, the Pentagon announced another $1 billion in military aid to Ukraine.

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All levels of this Administration are committed to continued security assistance to Ukraine as it stands against Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified aggression. Today, President Biden directed his 18th withdrawal of another billion dollars in weapons and equipment from Pentagon inventories. This is the largest single drawdown of U.S. arms and equipment to date using this authority. This package provides a large amount of additional ammunition, weapons and equipment of the type that the people of Ukraine are using very effectively to defend their country.

Features of this package include: Additional ammunition for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS). 75,000 rounds of 155mm shells. Twenty 120 mm mortar systems and associated 20,000 rounds of mortar ammunition. Munitions of the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS). 1,000 Javelin systems and hundreds of AT4 anti-armor systems. 50 armored medical vehicles; Claymore anti-personnel ammunition; C-4 explosives, demolition ammunition, and demolition equipment. Medical supplies including first aid kits, bandages, monitors and other equipment.

These are all important capabilities that will help Ukrainians repel Russian aggression in the East and help them cope with evolving developments in the South and elsewhere. It has pledged about $9.8 billion in security assistance to Ukraine, including $9.1 billion since Russia’s most recent unilateral aggression began in February. Together with allies and partners, the United States continues to provide Ukraine with the capabilities to meet evolving battlefield requirements. And our allies and partners have stepped up to provide billions of dollars in support.