The new $820 million package also includes four counter-artillery radars
The US Department of Defense is providing an additional $820 million in military aid to Ukraine, including two surface-to-air missile defense systems, Pentagon spokesman Todd Breasseale announced Friday.
That brings total US security assistance provided to Ukraine to about $6.9 billion since the Russian offensive began in late February.
New deliveries will include ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), two National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS), up to 150,000 rounds of 155mm artillery ammunition and four additional counter-artillery radars.
Breasseale stressed that Washington continues to work with its allies”provide Ukraine with the capabilities necessary to meet its changing battlefield needs.”
“In particular, the DoD acknowledges Norway’s cooperation in enabling the United States’ historic supply of modern air defense systems that will help Ukraine defend against brutal Russian air attacks.said the Pentagon spokesman.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky responded to the latest military supplies, expressing his gratitude to the United States and personally to President Joe Biden for the package which, he stressed, “also includes very powerful NASAMS systems.”
“This is an anti-aircraft missile system that will significantly strengthen our air defense. We have worked hard for such a supply,said the Ukrainian leader.
Russia has repeatedly urged the West not to supply arms to kyiv, saying this will only prolong the conflict and lead to long-term problems. He warned that Russian forces would consider any foreign weapon on Ukrainian territory a legitimate target.
Earlier this week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that “pump” Ukraine with Western weapons will only lead Russia “to carry out more missions in the field.”
Russia sent troops to Ukraine on February 24, citing kyiv’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, intended to give the Donetsk and Lugansk regions special status within the Ukrainian state. The protocols, brokered by Germany and France, were first signed in 2014. Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has since admitted that kyiv’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to save time andcreate powerful armed forces.”
In February 2022, the Kremlin recognized the Donbas republics as independent states and demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join any Western military bloc. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked.