US Announces New US$250 Million Military Aid Package for Ukraine

Tuesday, 29 August 2023

The United States on Tuesday announced the provision of another package of military aid to Ukraine, worth US$250 million.

According to a statement by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the new package includes AIM-9M anti-air missiles, HIMARS missiles, 155 mm and 105 mm artillery shells, mine clearance equipment, Javelins and other anti-tank systems and missiles.

Blinken's statement also mentioned more than three million rounds of ammunition for small arms, ambulance cars, and explosive ordnance for clearing obstacles, as well as spare parts, funding for services, training and transportation.

The US Secretary of State does not specify the details, but the new aid package will likely be provided under the Presidential Drawdown Authority mechanism – that is, from the reserves of the US Army, which will speed up its delivery to Ukraine.

The latest US$200 million aid package, announced by the US on 14 August, included ammunition for air defence systems, artillery shells, anti-tank equipment and mine clearance equipment.

The total sum of the US military aid for Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 is approaching US$44 billion.

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