US announces $1 billion new weapons package for Ukraine

  • 24 April, 14:30

The United States has unveiled a military aid package totaling $1 billion for Ukraine, following the enactment of a $95 billion security supplemental spending package signed into law by President Joe Biden on Wednesday.

The announcement follows President Biden's remarks on Monday during his call with Volodymyr Zelenskiy, where he assured that the United States would provide the urgently needed air defense weapons once the bill was approved by the Senate. The military assistance announced by the Defense Department comprises much-anticipated military equipment such as HIMARS, Humvees, Bradley vehicles.

The provided weapons and ammunition include: RIM-7 and AIM-9M missiles for air defense; missiles for Stinger MANPADS; small arms and additional ammunition for small arms, including 0.50 caliber (12.7 mm) to combat unmanned aircraft systems (UAVs); additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS); 155 mm artillery shells, including high-explosive fragmentation and cassette shells (DPICM)$105 mm artillery shells; 60 mm mortar mines; Bradley infantry fighting vehicles; MRAPs; HMMWV; logistics support equipment; equipment for towing and transporting equipment; TOW ATGM; anti-tank systems Javelin and AT-4; high-precision aviation ammunition; airfield technical equipment; anti-tank mines; Claymore anti-personnel ammunition; explosives for neutralizing interference; night vision devices;  spare parts, field equipment, training ammunition, maintenance and other support equipment. According to anonymous US officials, certain weapons will be swiftly delivered to the frontline, while they mentioned that the delivery of other items might take longer to arrive.

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