Pentagon spokesman Air Force Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder told reporters at a briefing Friday that a significant new package of security assistance will be donated to Ukraine.
“Today, the Department of Defense (DoD) announces a significant new package of security assistance for Ukraine,” Gen. Ryder said during the press conference on the Chinese spy balloon. “This includes the authorization of a Presidential Drawdown of security assistance valued at up to $425 million, as well as $1.75 billion in Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI) funds.”
“The Presidential Drawdown is the thirty-first such drawdown of equipment from DoD inventories for Ukraine,” he continued.
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Gen. Ryder said that the US has given $32 billion to Ukraine since 2014 and 29.3 billion during the Biden regime.
“In total, the US. Has now committed $32 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since 2014 and 29.3 billion since Russia’s unprovoked and illegal invasion nearly one year ago this month,” he said.
More from the press release:
Today’s announcement includes critical air defense capabilities to help Ukraine defend its people, as well as armored infantry vehicles and more equipment that Ukraine is using so effectively, including Javelin anti-tank missiles, artillery ammunition, and conventional and long-range rockets for U.S.-provided HIMARS. The specific capabilities include:
- Additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS);
- Additional 155mm artillery rounds;
- Additional 120mm mortar rounds;
- 190 heavy machine guns with thermal imagery sights and associated ammunition to counter Unmanned Aerial Systems;
- 181 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicles;
- 250 Javelin anti-armor systems;
- 2,000 anti-armor rockets;
- Claymore anti-personnel munitions;
- Demolitions munitions;
- Cold weather gear, helmets, and other field equipment.
Under USAI, the DoD will provide Ukraine with:
- Two HAWK air defense firing units;
- Anti-aircraft guns and ammunition;
- Equipment to integrate Western air defense launchers, missiles, and radars with Ukraine’s air defense systems;
- Equipment to sustain Ukraine’s existing air defense capabilities;
- Air defense generators;
- Counter-Unmanned Aerial Systems;
- Four air surveillance radars;
- 20 counter-mortar radars;
- Spare parts for counter-artillery radars;
- Puma Unmanned Aerial Systems;
- Precision-guided rockets;
- Secure communications equipment;
- Medical supplies;
- Funding for training, maintenance, and sustainment.
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