The US will ship Ukraine one other $1.1 billion in army materiel because the japanese European nation enters its eighth month of warfare with Russia, the Pentagon introduced Wednesday.
The package deal will embrace 18 extra Excessive Mobility Artillery Rocket Methods, or HIMARS; 150 Humvees; 150 tactical automobiles to tow weapons; 40 vehicles and 80 trailers for shifting heavy tools; two radars for aerial drones; 20 multi-mission radars; safe communications and surveillance programs; explosive ordnance disposal tools and physique armor, in accordance with the Protection Division.
A number of the cash will probably be used to assist “coaching, upkeep and sustainment,” in accordance with the Pentagon. It should additionally embrace an undisclosed variety of counter-drone programs.
The announcement got here in the future after US officers confirmed Russia has begun utilizing Iran-provided drones to assault and surveil Ukrainian troops.
“When it comes to their effectiveness, I don’t wish to present a battle injury evaluation right here from the rostrum or get into particular intelligence apart from to say we’ve seen [Russia] make use of [Iranian drones],” Pentagon spokesman Air Power Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder mentioned Tuesday. “We’ve additionally seen reviews of the Ukrainians capturing down a few of these drones … [and] we assess that these are credible.”
The objects will come via the Ukraine Safety Help Initiative, which permits the US to buy and procure weapons and different army capabilities for Ukraine slightly than sending alongside objects from the Pentagon’s personal shares.
The majority of the help will probably be delivered in six months to 2 years as a result of it should first be procured, in accordance with a senior protection official.
“This USAI package deal underscores the US dedication to supporting Ukraine over the long run,” the official mentioned Wednesday. “It represents a multi-year funding in essential capabilities to construct the enduring energy of Ukraine’s armed forces because it continues to defend Ukraine’s sovereignty within the face of Russian aggression.”
It stays unclear how lengthy the warfare will proceed. Russian President Vladimir Putin final week directed the mobilization of 300,000 extra reservists to hitch the combat. A senior US army official in August estimated Russia had suffered as many as 80,000 casualties for the reason that begin of the warfare Feb. 24.
“Mobilization signifies that Russia continues to imagine that it might win the lengthy recreation by outlasting the Ukrainians and worldwide assist,” the official mentioned. “That is yet one more Russian miscalculation … the USA together with the worldwide group will proceed to assist the Ukrainian individuals of their combat to defend our nation.”
The US has despatched Ukraine about $19 billion in army assist since President Biden took workplace final yr – about $16.2 billion of which has been dispatched since Russia invaded Ukraine.