This security package includes crucial air defense capacities, extra ammunition, artillery rounds, anti-tank weaponry, and other equipment necessary to bolster Ukraine’s military forces.
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As Ukrainian troops fight Russian forces in a freshly initiated counteroffensive, the Biden administration unveiled a new $325 million military support package for Ukraine on Tuesday.
The package “will provide arms and equipment valued at $325 million,” according to a statement from Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
The newly provided military assistance “includes crucial air defense capabilities, additional munitions for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, artillery rounds, anti-tank weapons, armored vehicles, and other equipment,” he claimed.
The Pentagon stated the package offers “essential abilities to support Ukraine’s air defenses as they heroically defend it’s warriors, citizens, and major infrastructure” and “aid it’s efforts to recapture its sovereign land.”
Since Russia invaded the country in February 2022, the Biden administration has approved 40 military aid packages for Ukraine, totaling over $40 billion, according to The New York Post.
Inclusions in the new support package announced by the US
Following claims that Russia damaged many Western-supplied Ukrainian tanks, more Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles will be delivered to Ukraine, and more Stryker Armoured Personnel Carriers and ammunition will also be supplied by Washington for the highly sought-after NASAMS (National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems).
The whole series of weapons and capabilities consist of:
- More ammunition for NASAMS, the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems;
- Anti-aircraft systems like Stinger;
- More ammunition for HIMARS, or High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems;
- Artillery rounds measuring 155mm and 105mm;
- Bradley infantry combat vehicles;
- Armored personnel carriers by Stryker;
- Anti-armor Javelin systems;
- TOW missiles are tube-launched, optically tracked, and wire-guided;
- Anti-armor systems AT-4;
- More than 22 million rounds of grenade and small guns ammunition;
- Bombs designed to destroy obstacles;
- Supportive tactical equipment for secure communications;
- Accessory supplies, auxiliary tools, services, instruction, and transportation
“This unprovoked conflict against Ukraine was started by Russia, removing its military from Ukraine and ceasing its heinous attacks on Ukrainian cities and citizens. Russia can put an end to it at any time,” according to Blinken. “Until Russia does so, the United States and our allies will stand unconditionally with Ukraine for as long as it takes.”
The announcement came from the Pentagon as Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Secretary of Defence Lloyd J. Austin III were ready to host the Ukraine Defence Contact Group, an alliance of more than 50 nations that have come together to support Ukraine.
The event, according to Sabrina Singh, Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary, will give allies and partners additional chances to “hear from the Ukrainians themselves of what else they need on the battlefield.”
The Counteroffensive Scenario
Ukrainian reports claim that as and when the military launched its long-awaited counteroffensive, there was severe combat on the front lines. According to President Volodymyr Zelensky, “very tough battles” are happening in the eastern Donetsk region, “but there is a result.”
The Ukrainian mechanized brigades are intensifying their attacks on Bakhmut in the Donetsk region and the neighboring Zaporizhzhia after both sides suffered considerable losses over the previous five days. Ukraine appears to be encountering strong Russian resistance, though.
Also, it appears that Russian forces have compelled Ukrainian forces to turn back and retake their initial positions. Velyka Novosilka, which sits on the boundary between the districts of Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia, is reportedly the scene of intense fighting.
The offensive, which might run for several months, will assess the success of American strategy to provide Ukrainian forces with ever-more-advanced weapons and training. According to reports from the ground, the war between the two groups is escalating.