US grants Ukraine $100 mln in military aid for critical defense needs
The United States of America will provide Ukraine with a new military aid package worth 100 million dollars. It is designed to meet the critical needs of the Ukrainian army; in particular, it is about providing air defense equipment, artillery ammunition, and anti-tank weapons.
The American Ministry of Defense reported this.
"The US has promised to allocate another 100 million dollars to Ukraine for defense assistance, including air defense interceptors and anti-tank weapons," the report says.
This is already the 51st defense package from the Administration of President Joe Biden; it is transferred from the stocks of the Ministry of Defense.
The new military package includes:
- anti-aircraft missile complexes Stinger;
- one HIMARS artillery rocket system and additional ammunition;
- 155 mm and 105 mm caliber artillery shells;
- anti-tank guided missiles (TOW);
- Javelin and AT-4 anti-tank systems;
- more than 3 million cartridges for small arms;
- explosive ammunition for barriers;
- equipment for cold weather;
- spare parts, maintenance tools, and other auxiliary equipment.
"Security assistance to Ukraine is a smart investment in our national security. It helps prevent greater regional conflict and deter potential aggression elsewhere by strengthening our defense industrial base […] Congress must take action to support Ukraine by approving the president's request for additional funding," the Pentagon emphasized.
In October, US President Joe Biden asked Congress for more than $100 billion in additional funding. Of these funds, $61.4 billion is expected for Ukraine and $14.3 billion for Israel.
According to this request, part of the money should be directed to additional weapons and equipment and replenishing the US Department of Defense reserves spent on supporting Ukrainians.
Newly elected Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Mike Johnson, said that Republicans in the US House of Representatives want to consider providing military aid to Ukraine and Israel separately.
On November 7, representatives of the US Democratic Party in the Senate blocked an attempt by Republicans to quickly approve a draft law on providing emergency aid to Israel, which does not include support for Ukraine. Biden promised to veto support for Israel, which does not contain a mention of Ukraine.
As Rubryka reported, the United States of America's Defense Department head, Lloyd Austin, arrived in Ukraine today, November 20, for a visit. With him, the commander of the United Armed Forces of NATO in Europe, General of the US Army Christopher Cavoli, came.