On Tuesday, the Biden administration unveiled the latest instalment of military aid to Ukraine, amounting to $2.6 billion. According to an official White House press release, $2 billion of this funding will be allocated for munitions, radar, and weaponry, aimed at bolstering the country’s defence capabilities against potential future threats, including an anticipated spring offensive by Russian forces.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken confirmed that the military aid package for Ukraine would include “U.S.-provided HIMARS, air defence interceptors, and artillery rounds that Ukraine is using to defend itself.” To expedite the delivery of weapons and ammunition to the conflict zone, the US will draw from existing military stockpiles.
Moreover, a significant air defence package, artillery and tank ammunition, mortar systems, rockets, and anti-armour systems, funded by the $2.1 billion Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI), will be provided. The statement noted that the Presidential Drawdown is the thirty-fifth such drawdown of equipment from DoD inventories for Ukraine that the Biden Administration has authorized since August 2021.
The announcement comes in the wake of Russia’s Wager Group claiming victory over Bakhmut’s city centre, hoisting the Russian flag over severely damaged central administrative buildings.