US President Joe Biden announced that he had approved an $800 million security aid package for Ukraine, including artillery systems, armored personall carriers, and helicopters.
At a briefing, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby showed reporters a list of weapons the United States will hand over to Ukraine. “Part of this aid is new batches of weapons systems already being delivered, and the other part is new weapons systems that have not been delivered to Ukraine before,” he said.
The package includes artillery systems, artillery rounds, armored personnel carriers, and unmanned coastal defense boats. It will include 11 Mi-17 helicopters earmarked for Afghanistan before the U.S.-backed government collapsed last year. It also includes 18 155mm howitzers, 40,000 artillery rounds, counter-artillery radars, 200 armored personnel carriers, and 300 additional ‘Switchblade’ drones. This was the first time howitzers had been provided to Ukraine by the United States.
In addition, the list also includes medical equipment, equipment for protection against nuclear, chemical, and biological threats, 30 thousand body armor and helmets, more than 2 thousand units of optical devices and laser rangefinders, C-4 explosives, and M18A1 Claymore mines.
According to the earlier reports and considering the new aid package, the United States has provided more than $ 2.4 billion in security aid to Kyiv since the start of the Ukraine War and a total of more than $3 billion during the Biden administration. The US Congress also approved $13.6 billion in aid to Ukraine as part of a draft budget signed in March.