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June 24, 2022

US approves $450m in additional military aid for Ukraine

It represents the 13th presidential drawdown since August 2021.

US President Joe Biden has approved an additional drawdown of $450m in security assistance to support Ukraine with artillery rocket systems and other equipment in its fight against Russian forces.

As part of the package, the US will be sending four high-mobility artillery rocket systems, 36,000 rounds of 105mm ammunition, and 18 tactical vehicles to tow 155mm artillery.

A total of 1,200 grenade launchers, 2,000 machine guns, 18 coastal and riverine patrol boats, and other equipment and spare parts will also be part of the military aid.

Acting Pentagon press secretary Todd Breasseale said: “The United States has now committed approximately $6.8bn in security assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of the Biden Administration, including approximately $6.1bn since the beginning of Russia’s unprovoked invasion on 24 February.”

The US has set aside nearly $8.7bn in security assistance for Ukraine since 2014.

This is the 13th presidential drawdown from the Department of Defense (DoD) stocks since August 2021.

Commenting on the forthcoming Nato summit, National Security Council coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby said: “Leaders will announce new force posture commitments to strengthen Nato’s defence and deterrent posture.

“The US will announce steps to strengthen European security alongside expected major new contributions from allies.”

Biden will meet heads of other member nations of Nato in a meet scheduled to be held in Madrid next week.   

Indo-Pacific leaders representing Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and the Republic of Korea will also be part of the summit, said Kirby.

He added: “Whether it’s in Europe or the Indo-Pacific region, the United States and our allies and partners will defend the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

The US House of Representatives Armed Services Committee recently backed a proposal to raise spending for the DoD by $37bn for fiscal year 2023, to $810bn.

This includes $550m for Ukraine, funding for eight F-18 Super Hornet fighter jets, and five ships, among others.

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