White House Announces $270 Million In Defense Aid To Ukraine
White House Spokesperson John Kirby has announced another $270 million in Defense Aid To Ukraine, including rocket systems, which will bring the total of US military assistance to Ukraine to $8.2 billion USD.
The new round of military aid to Ukraine will include 36,000 rounds of 105mm ammunition for Ukraine's artillery systems, 3,000 anti-armor weapons, and under USAI, the Department of Defense will be providing 580 Phoenix Ghost drones.
Earlier this week, on Wednesday Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin had announced "Later this week, we'll roll out our next [military aid] package of weapons and ammunition and equipment for Ukraine," and added that "It will include four [High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems], which the Ukrainians have been using so effectively and have made such a difference on the battlefield."
Austin had also said that "Ukrainian forces are now using long-range rocket systems to great effect, including HIMARS provided by the United States and other systems from our allies and partners," and added, "But Russia is keeping up its relentless shelling — that's a cruel tactic that harkens back to the horrors of WWI."
Stripes cited an anonymous defense official as saying, "If you think about the fact that the Ukrainians have been talking about the number of the targets [they] are hitting … like ammunition, supplies, other logistical supplies, command and control [centers,] all those things have a direct impact on [Russia’s] ability to conduct operations on the front line".
At the same time inflation and high gas prices are hitting the U.S. homeland hard, with inflation hitting 9.1% in the month of June.
Austin said in a statement, "We are committed to sending more HIMARS munitions and precision guided artillery ammunition and other vital support."
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