Biden Administration Announces Additional 2.98 Billion To Ukraine
WASHINGTON - The Biden administration has announced an additional $3 billion security assistance package to the Ukrainian military, as Russia's war on Ukraine reaches the 6 month mark, coinciding with Ukrainian Independence Day.
Included in the package are:
- 6 additional National Advanced Surface-To-Air Missile (NASAM) Systems and ammunition
- Up to 245,000 rounds of 155mm artillery rounds
- Up to 65,000 rounds of 120mm mortar ammunition
- Up to 24 counter-battery radar systems
- RQ-20 Puma Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS Drones)
- Support equipment for Scan Eagle UAS systems
- VAMPIRE Counter-Unmanned Aerial Systems
- Funding for training, maintenance and sustainment
The package reportedly uses revenue taken from the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI) that draws the weapons and equipment from industrial sources rather than current United States military weapon stocks, according to a report by Reuters.
Reuters had also reported that due to the fact that the weapons are not coming from current U.S. military stocks, the weapons may take up to a few months to be shipped to Ukraine, as companies will need to acquire them first.
To date, the U.S. Government has now committed $13.5 billion worth of aid to the Ukrainian military since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24th, 2022. This new aid package of $2.98 billion will be the largest single aid package the United States has sent to Ukraine thus far since the start of the ongoing six-month-long war.
Other NATO allies are also set to send Ukraine additional batches of military aid, with Germany planning to send air-defense systems and rocket launchers valued at $499.3 million (500 million euros) in 2023.
Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba put out a statement over Twitter saying, "We coordinated further supplies from the U.S. and partners. Military aid to Ukraine shortens the war and remains the best investment in the long-term security of Europe and the world. Grateful for the unfaltering U.S. support Weapons were the focus of my call with @SecBlinken"
The Department of Defense released a Statement, attributed to Air Force Brigadier General Pat Ryder on the $3 Billion security assistance package for Ukraine in which it said that the USAI package, which is being announced on Ukrainian Independence Day "underscores the U.S. commitment to supporting Ukraine over the long term – representing a multi-year investments to build the enduring strength of Ukraine’s Armed Forces as it continues to defend its sovereignty in the face of Russian aggression".
DOD: Nearly $3 Billion in Additional Security Assistance for Ukraine
On August 24, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced approximately $3 billion in additional security assistance for Ukraine under the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI).
This USAI package, which is being announced on Ukraine Independence Day, underscores the U.S. commitment to supporting Ukraine over the long term – representing a multi-year investments to build the enduring strength of Ukraine’s Armed Forces as it continues to defend its sovereignty in the face of Russian aggression.
Unlike Presidential Drawdown (PDA), which DoD has continued to leverage to deliver equipment to Ukraine from DoD stocks at a historic pace, USAI is an authority under which the United States procures capabilities from industry. This announcement represents the beginning of a contracting process to provide additional priority capabilities to Ukraine in the mid- and long-term to ensure Ukraine can continue to defend itself as an independent, sovereign and prosperous state. It is the biggest tranche of security assistance for Ukraine to date. Capabilities include:
- Six additional National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS) with additional munitions for NASAMS;
- Up to 245,000 rounds of 155mm artillery ammunition;
- Up to 65,000 rounds of 120mm mortar ammunition;
- Up to 24 counter-artillery radars;
- Puma Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and support equipment for Scan Eagle UAS systems;
- VAMPIRE Counter-Unmanned Aerial Systems;
- Laser-guided rocket systems;
- Funding for training, maintenance, and sustainment.
The United States has committed more than $13.5 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since January 2021. In total, the United States has committed more than $15.5 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since 2014.
Through both PDA and USAI, DoD continues to work with Ukraine to meet both its immediate and longer-term security assistance needs.
Together with our Allies and partners, our unified efforts will help Ukraine continue to be successful today and build the enduring strength of their forces to ensure the continued freedom and independence of the Ukrainian people for years to come.
A White House Statement addressed the new military aid package, saying that it is the "biggest tranche of security assistance to date", along with congratulating Ukraine on the celebration of the country's Independence Dayin light of Russia's "full scale invasion of Ukraine".
Statement from President Biden on Ukraine Independence Day
On behalf of all Americans, I congratulate the people of Ukraine on their Independence Day. Over the past six months, Ukrainians have inspired the world with their extraordinary courage and dedication to freedom. They have stood resolute and strong in the face of Russia’s full scale invasion of Ukraine. And today is not only a celebration of the past, but a resounding affirmation that Ukraine proudly remains – and will remain – a sovereign and independent nation.
The United States of America is committed to supporting the people of Ukraine as they continue the fight to defend their sovereignty. As part of that commitment, I am proud to announce our biggest tranche of security assistance to date: approximately $2.98 billion of weapons and equipment to be provided through the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative.
This will allow Ukraine to acquire air defense systems, artillery systems and munitions, counter-unmanned aerial systems, and radars to ensure it can continue to defend itself over the long term.
I know this independence day is bittersweet for many Ukrainians as thousands have been killed or wounded, millions have been displaced from their homes, and so many others have fallen victim to Russian atrocities and attacks. But six months of relentless attacks have only strengthened Ukrainians’ pride in themselves, in their country, and in their thirty-one years of independence.
Today and every day, we stand with the Ukrainian people to proclaim that the darkness that drives autocracy is no match for the flame of liberty that lights the souls of free people everywhere. The United States, including proud Ukrainian-Americans, looks forward to continuing to celebrate Ukraine as a democratic, independent, sovereign and prosperous state for decades to come.
DOD Fact Sheet on U.S. Security Assistance to Ukraine
Department of Defense fact sheet on the security assistance being sent to Ukraine. "In total, the United States has committed more than $13.5 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of the Biden Administration, including approximately $12.9 billion since the beginning of Russia’s unprovoked and brutal invasion on February 24. United States security assistance committed to Ukraine includes:
DOD Release: U.S. Announces $2.98 Billion in Aid to Ukraine
"On the 31st anniversary of Ukraine's independence, the United States is reinforcing its long-term commitment to the nation with $2.98 billion to train and equip the Ukrainian armed forces for their struggle against the Russian invasion.
President Joe Biden announced the aid at the White House. He said the people of the world have been awed and inspired by Ukrainian resistance and pledged the United States will stand with the people of Ukraine as they fight to defend their sovereignty.
The aid "will allow Ukraine to acquire air defense systems, artillery systems and munitions, counter-unmanned aerial systems, and radars to ensure it can continue to defend itself over the long term," the president said.
It is the largest single U.S. aid package to Ukraine since the Russians invaded the nation six months ago.
The aid "underscores the U.S. commitment to supporting Ukraine over the long term, representing multi-year investments in critical capabilities to build the enduring strength of Ukraine's armed forces as it continues to defend Ukraine's sovereignty in the face of Russian aggression," Pentagon Press Secretary Air Force Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder said in a written statement.
This aid is tangible proof of America's belief in the Ukrainian people. Unlike the presidential drawdown authority that allows the almost immediate delivery to Ukraine of existing stocks of weapons, these funds are part of the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative.
This process allows the United States to procure capabilities from industry. "This announcement represents the beginning of a contracting process to provide additional priority capabilities to Ukraine in the mid- and long-term," Ryder said.
These capabilities include six additional National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems and munitions. It also includes up to 245,000 rounds of 155 mm artillery ammunition and up to 65,000 rounds of 120 mm mortar ammunition.
The process will also supply up to 24 counter-artillery radars, Puma Unmanned Aerial Systems and support equipment for Scan Eagle unmanned aerial systems.
Russia is using unmanned aerial systems, too, and the aid package will provide VAMPIRE Counter-Unmanned Aerial Systems to the Ukrainians.
The aid will also provide laser-guided rocket systems.
The money will also be used for training, maintenance and sustainment.
Since January 2021, the United States has committed more than $13.5 billion in security assistance to Ukraine.
The equipment the United States provides has changed as the Russian invasion has continued. Originally, the U.S. provided anti-armor and antiaircraft munitions, including the Javelin and Stinger systems. After the Ukrainian military drove the Russians back from the Ukraine's capital of Kyiv, the nature of the war changed. Russia then attacked the eastern part of Ukraine. The nature of the combat changed, and the fighting required more artillery pieces and crew-served capabilities."
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