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.
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;
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;
Secure communications equipment;
Funding for training, maintenance, and sustainment.
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DOD Announces New Security Package to Ukraine Taking the Total Up to $30 Billion pic.twitter.com/VZazOTzcYr
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