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Pentagon announces $450 million in military aid for Ukraine

A launch truck fires the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) at its intended target during the African Lion military exercise in Grier Labouihi complex, southern Morocco. Mosa’ab Elshamy/AP

Pentagon announces $450 million in military aid for Ukraine

Mike Brest June 23, 05:19 PMJune 23, 05:19 PM Video Embed

The Biden administration announced a new raft of military drawdown aid to Ukraine valued at $450 million on Thursday.

The aid, which is headlined by four High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, or HIMARS, brings the total amount of assistance provided by the United States to Ukraine since Russia invaded in late February to more than $6 billion.

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It also includes 36,000 rounds of 105 mm ammunition, 18 vehicles to tow the 155mm artillery, 1,200 grenade launchers, 2,000 machine guns, 18 coastal and riverine patrol boats, and spare parts.

“The steady flow of U.S. security assistance, and that from our coalition of more than 40 Allies and partners, continues to bolster Ukraine’s defenses, improve its ability to defend its sovereign territory, and secure hard-fought victories on the battlefield,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement. “We have imposed swift and severe sanctions on Russia’s economy and the elite of President Putin’s regime.”

It will double the number of HIMARS, a Lockheed Martin product, that Ukraine has received from the U.S., which has been an important weapon for them as the fight remains mostly contained to the eastern part of the country, called the Donbas. The first tranche of HIMARS arrived earlier this week.

Gen. Mark Milley said last week that roughly 60 Ukrainian soldiers have completed the necessary training for the weapon. The U.S. has trained Ukrainian soldiers on a variety of weapons they have provided, with the intent that those soldiers would be able to train their colleagues.

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President Joe Biden is expected to attend the G-7 summit in Germany and the NATO summit in Spain next week.

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