The US Department of Defense (DoD) has confirmed an additional assistance package worth $600m to arm Ukrainians with necessary security and defence capabilities.  

The aid package is the 21st presidential drawdown of equipment from DoD stocks for the battered nation since August 2021.

Under the latest assistance, Ukraine will receive additional ammunition for high mobility artillery rocket systems (HIMARS), counter-uncrewed aerial systems, Claymore anti-personnel munitions, demolition munitions, and equipment.

Four counter-artillery radars, 36,000 105mm artillery rounds, 1,000 precision-guided 155mm artillery rounds, four trucks and eight trailers to move heavy equipment, night vision devices, and winter gear, among other field equipment, are also included.

In a statement, the DoD said that the US, along with its allies, will continue to provide Ukraine with key battlefield capabilities to fight evolving threats.

Since the onset of the Russian invasion, the US has committed nearly $15.1bn to strengthen the Ukrainian armed forces.

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Continuing its support to Ukraine as part of global efforts, the Norwegian Ministry of Defence has announced the donation of 14 IVECO light multirole vehicles (LMVs).     

The move follows a request by Ukrainian authorities for the armoured vehicles.  

The purpose-built military vehicle offers high mobility and uses modular armour packs to provide protection.

With good off-road performance, IVECO LMVs can reach 130km/h. 

Norwegian Defence Minister Bjørn Arild Gram said: “Norway will continue to contribute to Ukraine’s fight for freedom.

“The Norwegian Government is continuously assessing how Norway can further support Ukraine in its defence against Russia’s invasion.”

So far, Norway has shipped military equipment including field artillery, air defence systems, and anti-tank weapons to Ukraine.