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Missiles, artillery dominate latest $325M US aid package for Ukraine

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The US announced a new security assistance package of up to $325 million for Ukraine as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy concluded his second visit to Washington in the wake of Russia’s unprovoked invasion.

On September 21, US President Joe Biden unveiled the forty-seventh tranche of equipment for Ukraine after meeting with President Zelenskyy at the White House.

After the meeting, the US President expressed the country’s commitment to assisting Ukraine in building a force capable of ensuring its long-term security and deterring future threats to its sovereignty, territorial integrity, and freedom, which are currently ongoing.

The aid package encompasses a range of capabilities, including AIM-9M missiles to bolster air defense, additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), Avenger air defense systems, and .50 caliber machine guns designed to counter UAS.

It also includes a supply of 155mm artillery rounds, including DPICM, 105mm artillery rounds, Tube-Launched, Optically-Tracked, Wire-Guided (TOW) missiles, and Javelin and AT-4 anti-armor systems.

In addition, the package includes over 3 million rounds of small arms ammunition, 59 light tactical vehicles, demolition munitions for obstacle clearing, as well as spare parts, maintenance materials, and other essential field equipment.

After the meeting, President Zelensky announced on his social media account that, besides the aid package, a long-term agreement has been reached for joint defense production with the United States.

“We’re committed to help Ukraine build a force capable of ensuring Ukraine’s long-term security, capable of deterring future threats against sovereignty, territorial integrity and freedom, which are underway now,” President Joe Biden said.