White House presents latest Ukrainian arms package


New round of lethal aid follows more than $3.4 billion worth of US weapons shipped to Ukraine’s war zone since late February

Washington has authorized a new tranche of weapons for Ukraine’s armed forces, agreeing to send tens of millions of dollars worth of ammunition and military equipment following a wave of similar transfers in recent weeks.

The White House announced the decision in a press release on Friday, touting the merits “historic amount of security aid” supplied to kyiv since Russia launched its attack on February 24.

“I am announcing another security assistance program which will provide additional artillery munitions, radars and other equipment to Ukraine,” he added. President Joe Biden said, arguing that US arms shipments were “critical” to the country’s war effort.

A US official quoted by Reuters offered a more detailed breakdown of the aid package, saying it comes with a $150 million price tag and will include “25,000 155mm artillery shells, counter artillery radar, jamming equipment, field equipment and spares.”

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The new aid will be funded by funds released under the Presidential Drawdown Authority, which allows the White House to transfer weapons from US stockpiles to foreign states without congressional approval. The fund currently has about $250 million remaining, more than half of which will be used to pay for the latest aid package.

Although President Biden has argued that the guns will go “straight to the front lines of freedom in Ukraine”, their ultimate destination may never be known. US officials have acknowledged that the weapons become virtually impossible to track once they enter the active conflict zone in Ukraine, with an intelligence source telling CNN that they fall into a “big black hole” shortly after his arrival.

Previous weapons shipments included increasingly heavy weaponry, starting with small arms, ammunition, surveillance and attack drones, then moving on to large artillery pieces and shells.

Friday’s $150 million package is unlikely to be the last for Kyiv, as Biden offered a gargantuan $33 billion in aid for the country last month, including more than $20 billion in military aid. . Lawmakers have yet to approve the measure, although the president has urged them to move “rapidly” to pass it, quoting a “almost sold out” stockpile of weapons.

“For Ukraine to succeed in this next phase of the war, its international partners, including the United States, must continue to demonstrate our unity and our determination to continue to bring arms and ammunition to Ukraine, without disruption,” he added. he said in Friday’s statement.

Biden is also expected to sign the Lend-Lease Act of 2022 on Monday, which will facilitate new arms shipments to Ukraine and enable the delivery of new weapons systems.

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