The U.S. Department of Defense announced on Friday that it is allocating $ 300 million in “security assistance” for Ukraine to boost the country’s defense capabilities, adding to the $ 1.6 billion Washington has done since Russia invaded in late February.
The package includes laser -guided rocket systems, drones, ammunition, night vision devices, tactical secure communication systems, medical supplies and spare parts.
“This decision underscores the United States’ unwavering commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine in support of its heroic efforts to fend off Russia’s war of choice,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement.
On Wednesday, U.S. President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky discussed “additional capabilities” to assist the Ukrainian military, the White House said in a statement after the call.
In mid-March, Congress passed a funding bill that included $ 13.6 billion for humanitarian and military assistance to Ukraine and NATO allies in eastern Europe.
Shortly afterwards, Biden announced $ 1 billion in new security assistance to Ukraine.
Most of the military equipment provided by the United States to Ukraine comes from its own storage, through a process known as “presidential recruitment.”
Unlike the process, the $ 300 million announced Friday will go toward new contracts for military equipment from Pentagon defense industry partners.
One of the technologies included in the announcement is more Switchblade tactical drones.
Dubbed a “kamikaze drone,” Switchblades can be instructed by the operator to search and, when ready, plunge into a target, exploding upon contact.
Kirby added that “the United States also continues to work with its allies and partners to identify and provide additional capabilities to Ukraine.”
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