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The US Department of Defense (DoD) has confirmed additional security assistance worth over $725m to equip Ukraine’s armed forces with key defence capabilities. 

The latest aid package is the 23rd presidential drawdown of equipment from DoD stocks for the war-torn nation since August 2021.

The assistance includes more ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), 23,000 155mm artillery rounds, 500 precision-guided 155mm artillery rounds, 5,000 155mm rounds of Remote Anti-Armor Mine (RAAM) systems, and 5,000 anti-tank weapons.

More than 200 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs), high-speed anti-radiation missiles, small arms and nearly two million rounds of small arms ammunition, along with medical supplies are also part of the package.

In a statement, the DoD said the US and its allies will continue to provide the necessary capabilities to help Ukraine protect its sovereignty.

Since the onset of the Russian invasion, the US has pledged nearly $17.6bn in security assistance to Ukraine.  

The latest package follows the Ukraine Defense Contact Group meeting held recently in Belgium.   

As many as 50 nations committed to delivering air defence capabilities and other assistance to Ukraine. 

At the meeting, Canada announced its decision to deliver military assistance worth over $34.04m to Ukraine.   

As part of the pledge, Germany donated the first of four IRIS-T air-defence systems to help Ukraine protect its citizens from Russian strikes.

Germany is also expected to send more MARS rocket systems and howitzers while Spain has vowed to deliver four HAWK launchers to bolster Ukraine’s air defence.