(CNSNews.com) – On Feb. 3, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced $2.175 billion in “additional security assistance” for Ukraine, raising the total value of assistance provided to $29.3 billion since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022.
This installment of aid comes in the form of President Joe Biden’s 31st drawdown, which the DoD values at up to $425 million, paired with $1.75 billion through the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI) funds.
According to a Feb. 3 DoD press release, Biden’s $425 million, 31st drawdown will include the following capabilities:
- Additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS);
- Additional 155mm artillery rounds;
- Additional 120mm mortar rounds;
- 190 heavy machine guns with thermal imagery sights and associated ammunition to counter Unmanned Aerial Systems;
- 181 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicles;
- 250 Javelin anti-armor systems;
- 2,000 anti-armor rockets;
- Claymore anti-personnel munitions;
- Demolitions munitions;
- Cold weather gear, helmets, and other field equipment.
The $1.75 billion USAI package will include the following:
- Two HAWK air defense firing units;
- Anti-aircraft guns and ammunition;
- Equipment to integrate Western air defense launchers, missiles, and radars with Ukraine’s air defense systems;
- Equipment to sustain Ukraine’s existing air defense capabilities;
- Air defense generators;
- Counter-Unmanned Aerial Systems;
- Four air surveillance radars;
- 20 counter-mortar radars;
- Spare parts for counter-artillery radars;
- Puma Unmanned Aerial Systems;
- Precision-guided rockets;
- Secure communications equipment;
- Medical supplies;
- Funding for training, maintenance, and sustainment.
This announcement of a $1.75 billion USAI package “represents the beginning of a contracting process to provide additional capabilities to Ukraine’s Armed Forces as part of our efforts to strengthen Ukraine’s military over the near and long-term,” reads the press release.
The $425 million drawdown, includes equipment taken from DoD stocks that will be shipped to Ukraine.
The latest aid package was met with a message of gratitude from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky who tweeted the following response:
“Thank you @POTUS for the new $2.2 billion defense aid package. It’s important to strengthen the UA Defense Forces. Together with US we stand against terror! The more long-range our weapons are and the more mobile our troops are the sooner Russia’s brutal aggression will end.”
Amid talks in recent weeks of the possibility of the U.S. sending F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine, Biden said on Monday that he will not be sending them for the time being.
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