Biden Admin grants additional $820 million in military aid to Ukraine, including 2 surface-to-air missile systems

The Biden administration on July 1 announced new security assistance to Ukraine in a package totaling about $820 million.

The assistance includes an authorization of a presidential security assistance levy (PDA) worth up to $50 million, as well as $770 million in funds from the United Nations Security Assistance Initiative. Ukraine (USAI). The PDA is the 14th removal of weapons and equipment from Pentagon inventories since August 2021.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, the United States has committed a total of approximately $6.92 billion in military assistance to Ukraine to combat Russian forces. Before the invasion, since 2014, the United States had committed some $1.8 billion in arms and military training to Ukraine, $700 million of which came from the Biden administration.

The latest $820 million aid package was widely announced by President Joe Biden at a Thursday press conference in Madrid, which was the third and final day of a NATO summit focused on the Russian-Russian war. Ukrainian.

“We will support Ukraine for as long as it takes,” Biden said, adding that the United States was giving Ukrainians “the capacity” so that “they can continue to resist Russian aggression.”

Two surface-to-air missile systems

The Pentagon released a fuller announcement on Friday as it formalized the announcement. He said USAI funds in the latest aid program will provide Ukraine with two National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS), a Norwegian-developed anti-aircraft system that is used to protect the airspace around the White House and the Capitol. in Washington.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed his gratitude in his nightly video address, saying Friday, “I am especially grateful today to the United States and to Biden personally for the Ukraine support package announced today, which includes the very powerful NASAMS – an anti-aircraft missile system which will greatly strengthen our air defense We have worked hard for these supplies.

USAI funds will also provide up to 150,000 rounds of 155mm artillery ammunition, as well as four additional counter-artillery radars.

The counter-artillery radars sent are AN/TPQ-37 systems from Raytheon-Technologies, a senior defense official told media, Reuters reported. This is the first time these systems have been sent to Ukraine, which have about three times the effective range of the AN/TPQ-36 systems previously sent.

The radars will take defense contractors weeks at a minimum to build. Ukrainians are also trained in the use of the new systems.

The package will also include additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), provided by PDA Authorization. The Pentagon had supplied the medium-range rocket systems to Ukraine in June.

Much of the aid will take weeks or months to reach Ukraine.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement after the aid announcement: “As the United States prepares to commemorate our independence, we remain committed to independence, security, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine”.

Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Mimi Nguyen Ly is an Australian-based journalist. She covers world news with a focus on US news. Contact her at [email protected]

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