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Biden unveils new security aid package for Ukraine

US President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy at the Grand Prince Hotel in Hiroshima, Japan, on May 21, 2023, during the G7 Summit. Photo: President of Ukraine

The Biden Administration has unveiled its thirty-eighth drawdown of equipment for Ukraine, providing critical security assistance valued at up to $375 million to aid in their defense against Russia.

Following President Biden’s meeting with President Zelensky at G7 Summit in Hiroshima, Japan, the Department of Defense (DoD) today announced additional security assistance to meet Ukraine’s critical security and defense needs.

The new aid package encompasses supplementary ammunition for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), 155mm and 105mm artillery rounds, Tube-Launched, Optically-Tracked, Wire-Guided (TOW) missiles, Javelin and AT-4 anti-armor systems.

Additionally, the package will also include laser-guided rocket system munitions, demolition munitions, armored bridging systems, armored medical treatment vehicles, trucks and trailers for heavy equipment transportation, logistics support equipment, thermal imagery systems, as well as spare parts and other field equipment.

In total, the US has committed $38 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of the Biden Administration, including more than $37.3 billion since the beginning of Russia’s invasion on February 24, 2022.

“The United States will continue to work with its Allies and partners to provide Ukraine with capabilities to meet its immediate battlefield needs and longer-term security assistance requirements,” stated DoD.