Biden approves $550 million military aid package for Ukraine

Biden approves $550 million aid package for Ukraine, including HIMARS munitions Washington donated $8.8 billion in aid to Kyiv media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >< source srcset=" 590w" type="image/webp" >

The United States will allocate Ukraine a $550 million military aid package signed by US President Joe Biden. The message was published on the White House website.

“I hereby delegate to the Secretary of State <…> direct up to $550 million in Defense Goods and Services for the [U.S.] Department of Defense,” — said in the document.

Kyiv, among other things, will receive artillery ammunition. Shells for HIMARS missile systems (their number is not named) and 75,000 shells for 155-millimeter artillery will be sent, CNN writes with reference to the Pentagon.

This delivery was the 17th of August 2021, when the United States transfers its own stockpiles of weapons to Ukraine. To this date, about $8.8 billion in security assistance has been allocated to Kyiv since the inauguration of President Joe Biden in January last year. In the eight years since 2014, Ukraine has received more than $10 billion in security support from the United States.

“To meet [Ukraine's] growing battlefield needs, the United States will continue to work with its allies and partners to provide Ukraine with key opportunities, — said in a statement from the US Department of Defense.

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As RBC calculated, by the beginning of June, Ukrainian forces received from Western countries up to 215 NATO towed howitzers of 155mm caliber (more than half of them are American M777 howitzers), at least 29 Soviet-type howitzers, eight self-propelled artillery mounts with 155mm howitzer and other weapons for a total of approximately $38.5 billion.

In addition, by the end of July, Ukraine received 12 HIMARS systems (their deliveries were approved on June 1), and Washington promised to supply Kyiv with 20 more. pointed out the chairman of the Committee of Chiefs of Staff of the US Armed Forces, General Mark Milley. He added then that the Donbass is “not lost” for Ukraine.

The Russian authorities criticize the supply of arms to Ukraine by Western countries. President Vladimir Putin saw in this process the desire of the West to “delay as far as possible” conflict in Ukraine. At the same time, the Kremlin believes that the weapons supplied to Ukraine are not enough to prevent Russia from achieving its goals during the special operation.

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Joseph Biden

Politician, President of the United States

November 20, 1942

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