US prepares new $1 billion Ukrainian weapons package

The Biden administration’s next security assistance package for Ukraine is expected to be $1 billion. One of the largest ever, It includes ammunition for long-range weapons and armored medical transport vehicles, three sources briefed on the matter told Reuters on Friday.

The package, which will also be announced on Monday, will add to the approximately $8.8 billion in aid the US has provided to Ukraine since Russia’s invasion on February 24.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said President Joe Biden has yet to sign the next arms package. they warned that the weapon package can Changes in value and content before being signed.

However, if signed in its current form, it would be worth $1 billion and include ammunition for HIMARS, ammunition for the NASAMS surface-to-air missile system, and as many as 50 M113 armored medical transports.

new The package is a Recently The Pentagon’s decision to allow Ukrainians to receive treatment at a US military hospital in Germany near Ramstein Air Base.

Last Monday, the Pentagon announced a separate Security Assistance Package for Ukraine worth up to $550 million, including additional ammunition for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS).

The White House declined to comment on the package.

The new package will be funded under the Presidential Drawdown Authority (PDA), which allows the President to authorize transfers of goods and services from U.S. stocks without Congressional approval in response to emergencies.

HIMARS will play a key role in the artillery battle between Ukraine and Russia. Eastern Ukraine Donbass region.

The conflict has turned into a war of attrition since Russian troops flooded across the border in February in what Putin called a “special military operation” mainly East and South of Ukraine.

Moscow seeks control of mostly Russian-speaking Donbass, made up of Luhansk and Donetsk provinces, whose territory pro-Moscow separatists seized after the Kremlin annexed southern Crimea in 2014 I’m doing it.

So far, America has sent 16 HIMARS to Ukraine and promised to send two National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS) on 1 July.

A NASAMS launcher co-created by Raytheon Technologies Corp. RTX.N and Kongsberg in Norway KOG.OLif the ammunition was for launch pads donated by other countries, or if they were prepositioned, already in Ukraine.

of America It has previously deployed 200 M113 armored personnel carriers in Ukraine.

An armored personnel carrier equipped with medical equipment could make a fight against Russia more survivable for Ukrainian forces, which may be sent to Germany for further treatment.

The Kyiv government said in June that between 100 and 200 Ukrainian soldiers are being killed each day. US prepares new $1 billion Ukrainian weapons package

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