The State Department announced a new military aid package to Ukraine on Thursday worth $100 million.
This presidential package, the tenth drawdown of equipment from Defense Department inventories for Ukraine since last August, includes 18 155 mm howitzers, the same number of tactical vehicles to tow the howitzers, three AN/TPQ-36 counter-artillery radars, field equipment, and spare parts, the Pentagon said.
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The Defense Department has now committed nearly $4 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since Russia invaded on Feb. 24.
“For nearly 12 weeks, Russia has waged its unprovoked and brutal war against Ukraine, its sovereignty, its territorial integrity, and its people,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement. “Beaten back from its failed attempt to seize Kyiv, Russia continues a grinding offensive across Ukraine’s south and east. Ukraine’s courageous defense forces remain firmly in the fight. The United States, as well as more than 40 Allies and partner countries, are working around the clock to expedite shipments of arms and equipment essential to Ukraine’s defense.”
“Capabilities in this package are tailored to meet critical Ukrainian needs for today’s fight as Russian forces continue their offensive in eastern Ukraine,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement. He said on Friday that the Pentagon had $100 million left of the $2.5 billion in drawdown authority that was passed in March.
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Also on Thursday, the Senate passed legislation that would provide nearly $40 billion in additional military and humanitarian aid for Ukraine. The bill passed with a 86-11 vote weeks after the House passed it with a 368-57 vote.