October 2, 2022

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US pledges further $1bn in military aid for Ukraine

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The US will send $1bn in additional military aid to Ukraine, the largest single drawdown of equipment since the start of the war.

The latest package will include additional ammunition for high mobility artillery rocket systems (Himars), tens of thousands of rounds of artillery and mortar ammunition, anti-armour systems and armoured medical treatment vehicles.

Including this package, the US has now given approximately $9.8bn in security aid to Ukraine since President Joe Biden took office.

The new US aid comes as Kyiv prepares to mount a fresh offensive in the south, where it hopes to take back the city of Kherson and end Russia’s use of the Dnipro river as a natural barrier.

“The United States stands with allies and partners from more than 50 countries in providing vital security assistance to support Ukraine’s defence of its sovereignty and territorial integrity against Russia’s aggression,” US secretary of state Antony Blinken said in a statement.

“As this war stretches on, the courage and strength of Ukraine’s military and its people become even more evident and even more extraordinary. Together, we will continue to consult closely with Ukraine and surge additional available systems and capabilities carefully calibrated to make a difference on the battlefield and strengthen Ukraine’s eventual position at the negotiating table,” he added.

Separately on Monday, the US Agency for International Development announced it would provide an additional $4.5bn to the Ukrainian government to cover part of its budget deficit. The Ukrainian government will receive the first $3bn tranche of the new funds in August. Once they are dispersed, the US will have provided $8.5bn in direct budgetary support to Kyiv.

The latest package will include additional ammunition for high mobility artillery rocket systems, or Himars © EyePress News/Shutterstock

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