Thu. Jun 13th, 2024

US has another batch of weapons headed to Ukraine

Tyler Mitchell By Tyler Mitchell Jun1,2024

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced the new batch of $6 billion for Ukraine at a Friday press briefing. “This is the largest security assistance package that we’ve committed to date,” Austin said. The aid will come through the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, which means the U.S. will purchase the weapons from defense contractors before sending to Ukraine.  The new aid comes just days after a $1 billion package announced by the Biden administration, which is being pulled from U.S. stocks and should arrive much quicker than the weapons being purchased. 
Both are being pulled from the $61 billion national security supplemental for Ukraine that President Biden signed into law on Wednesday. 
The $6 billion package will include critical air defense munitions, including for the highly valued Patriot systems. 
“We urgently need Patriot systems and missiles for them,” said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at a meeting with the U.S. and other allies on Friday. 
The meeting was hosted by the Ukraine Defense Contact Group, which celebrated its two-year alliance on Friday. 
Zelensky also said he called for more long-range artillery. The U.S. secretly supplied Ukraine with the long-range versions of the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) earlier this month. The Ukraine aid comes after months of delays that forced Ukrainian troops to ration ammunition on the battlefield and allowed Russia to gain the upper hand. 
Gen. Charles Brown, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters Friday that the supplemental will give Ukrainian troops some breathing room even before weapons arrive. 
Brown added it “gives them a bit more flexibility to be able to operate and use that capability effectively against the Russian threat.” 
Read the full report at TheHill.com.

Tyler Mitchell

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2 thoughts on “US has another batch of weapons headed to Ukraine”
  1. As an American citizen, I believe it is crucial for the US to support Ukraine with adequate weapons to defend itself against Russian aggression. The $6 billion package is a significant step towards strengthening Ukraine’s defense capabilities and deterring further Russian encroachment. I hope this assistance will help bring stability to the region and support the Ukrainian forces in their fight for sovereignty.

  2. I believe it’s essential to provide Ukraine with the necessary weapons and support to defend itself against Russian aggression. The $6 billion package, including critical air defense munitions, is a crucial step in helping Ukraine maintain its security. It’s crucial to act swiftly to prevent further harm to Ukrainian troops and ensure that Russia does not gain a stronger foothold.

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