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The US has authorised an additional $400m military assistance package to address Ukraine’s defence and security requirements in its battle with Russia. 

The Department of Defense (DoD) noted that the new tranche is the 26th drawdown of equipment from the country’s defence inventories for Ukraine since August last year. 

So far, the US has committed approximately $19.7bn in military aid to Ukraine.

In the latest tranche, the Biden Administration will deliver 150 heavy machine guns and thermal imagery sights that will allow forces to deter uncrewed aerial system (UAS) threats.

The package also includes high-speed anti-radiation missiles, 150 high mobility multi-purpose wheeled vehicles, and additional munitions for National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems.

The US will also provide additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, 10,000 120mm mortar rounds, 200 precision-guided 155mm artillery rounds, and 105mm howitzer spare parts and related equipment.

In addition, more than 200 generators, 100 light tactical vehicles, and 20,000,000 rounds of small arms ammunition are included in the announced package.

The British Government has also approved a new military support package comprising 10,000 additional artillery rounds to enhance the defensive capabilities of Ukraine.

It is in line with the confirmation from the UK Government regarding the delivery of the first Sea King helicopter to enhance the Ukrainian Navy’s search and rescue capabilities.

According to the Royal Navy, the Ukrainian forces have completed a six-week Sea King training programme in the UK, under which the Royal Navy trained a crew of ten personnel and associated engineers from the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “These additional artillery rounds will help Ukraine to secure the land it has reclaimed from Russia in recent weeks.”