The US on Friday introduced a new $425 million army help bundle for Ukraine that options air protection and artillery munitions and anti-tank weapons to assist its struggle in opposition to Russia’s invasion.
That gear, together with small arms ammunition, demolitions munitions, and different objects, is a part of $125 million in gear drawn from US current army shares.
The bundle additionally consists of $300 million in laser-guided munitions to counter drones, which will likely be funded by way of the Ukraine Safety Help Initiative (USAI).
Meaning it is not going to instantly arrive on the battlefield, because the munitions should be procured from the protection business or companions, somewhat than drawn from American stockpiles.
Right now, we introduced new safety help to satisfy Ukraine’s important safety and protection wants. This safety help bundle alerts the US’ continued dedication to assist the Ukrainian individuals within the face of Russian aggression. https://t.co/MElNgwZojR
— Secretary of Protection Lloyd J. Austin III (@SecDef) November 3, 2023
The Pentagon stated in a press release that the USAI funding was supplied by a seamless decision handed by Congress in late September to briefly fund the federal government.
However it’s now gone: The bundle “exhausts the remaining USAI funds at the moment out there to assist Ukraine,” the assertion stated.
The Pentagon additionally made the case for Ukraine assist, saying it’s “a sensible funding in our nationwide safety.”
“It helps to stop a bigger battle within the area and deters potential aggression elsewhere, whereas strengthening our protection industrial base and creating extremely expert jobs for the American individuals,” it stated.
The US is by far the most important donor of safety help to Ukraine, committing greater than $44.2 billion since Moscow invaded Ukraine in February 2022.
However some hardline Republicans oppose continued help for Kyiv, placing the way forward for American assist for Ukraine doubtful.