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August 22, 2022

US announces 19th DoD drawdown for Ukraine worth $775m

The package includes additional ammunition for HIMARS and 16 105mm howitzers, among other weapon systems.

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has announced additional security assistance worth over $775m to arm Ukrainians with key defence capabilities.

The aid package is the 19th presidential drawdown of equipment from DoD stocks for Ukraine since August 2021.

According to a senior DoD official, the latest package includes additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), 16 105mm howitzers, 36,000 105mm artillery rounds, and 15 Scan Eagle uncrewed aerial systems.

High-speed anti-radiation missiles, 50 armoured high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles, 1,000 Javelin anti-armour systems, and tactical secure communications systems, among others, are also part of the aid package.

The assistance also includes 40 MaxxPro mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles with mine rollers.

This will help Ukraine neutralise heavily mined areas in the south and east, said the official.

The US will also deliver more high-speed anti-radiation (HARM) missiles that will be integrated into Ukrainian aircraft to hit Russian radars.

2,000 anti-armour rounds will also be supplied to Ukraine to be used in existing anti-armour systems.

The official said: “Right now, I would say that you are seeing a complete and total lack of progress by the Russians on the battlefield.

“Ukrainian forces are employing Javelins and HIMARS in very effective ways.

“We will continue to consult with the Ukrainians to make sure that we are providing them what they need, when they need it.”

Since the beginning of the Biden administration, the US has pledged more than $10.6bn to provide security assistance to Ukraine.

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