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As the Russia-Ukraine war continues, the Biden administration continues to help the latter with a new pledge to improve their military forces.
On Monday, the United States announced a $1 billion security assistance package for Ukraine.
Since the conflict began in late February, the package will be the most prominent weapons installment.
The military package
The military aid package will bring the US commitment to over $9.8 billion and will include munitions for armored medical transport vehicles and long-range weapons.
The US assistance package consists of ammunition for HIMARS or High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, 75,000 rounds of 155 mm artillery ammunition, twenty 120 mm mortar systems, and 20,000 rounds of 120 mm mortar ammunition.
Additionally, the package features munitions for National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems.
Meanwhile, the HIMARS are designed to shoot various missiles from a mobile truck – it has been a top priority for Ukraine.
Defense giant Lockheed Martin manufactures the HIMARS.
The Pentagon will also send 1,000 Javelins, 50 armored medical treatment vehicles, anti-personnel munitions, explosives, demolition munitions and equipment, and hundreds of AT4 anti-armor systems.
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Before the announcement, the largest Ukraine assistance package was announced on June 15.
Back then, the installment was a combined effort of the Presidential drawdown authority and the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative.
The upcoming package is solely a Presidential drawdown authority, which means the weapons come directly from US stockpiles.
The Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Colin Kahl, said the US was not sending HIMARS in the upcoming package, only system ammunition.
He declined to share how many rounds would be included in the next delivery.
So far, the US has provided Ukraine with 16 HIMARS.
“As we have made clear at every level of this administration, we’re committed to continued security assistance for Ukraine as they stand up to Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion,” said Kahl.
Meanwhile, Secretary of State Antony Blinken released a statement that reads:
“We will continue to consult closely with Ukraine and surge additional available systems and capabilities carefully calibrated to make a difference on the battlefield and strengthen Ukraine’s eventual position at the negotiating table.”
Previously, Moscow accused the United States of adding “fuel to the fire” by providing Ukraine with weapons and long-range missiles.
Initially launching its invasion on February 24, Russia has since scaled back its war objectives.
Moscow shifted its military efforts to the eastern Donbas region and coastal cities in the south – a resolve they made when they failed to capture the Ukrainian capital.
Kahl highlighted that Moscow failed to achieve any of Putin’s “overall” objectives, pointing out that Russia failed to implement regime change or capture Kyiv.
“They [Russian forces] have made some incremental gains in the east – although not very much in the last couple of weeks,” said Kahl.
“But that has come at extraordinary cost to the Russian military because of how well the Ukrainian military has performed and all the assistance that the Ukrainian military has gotten.”
In less than six months, Russian forces suffered between 70,000 to 80,000 casualties, including troops killed or wounded in action.
“The war is the most intense conventional conflict in Europe since the Second World War, but the… Ukrainians have a lot of advantages, not the least of which their will to fight,” said Kahl.
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