- The United States is sending $300 million in additional military aid, including artillery shells, howitzers, air-to-ground rockets and munitions to Ukraine.
- The new package includes Hydra-70 rockets, which are unguided rockets launched from aircraft.
- This is the 37th Pentagon stock package targeting Ukraine since the war began in February 2022, and brings total US military aid to about $36 billion.
The United States is sending Ukraine some $300 million in additional military aid, including a huge amount of artillery shells, howitzers, air-to-ground rockets and munitions as the launch of a spring offensive against the forces nears. Russia, the Pentagon said Wednesday.
The new package includes Hydra-70 rockets, which are unguided rockets launched from aircraft. It also includes an unknown number of rockets for High Mobility Artillery Missile Systems, or HIMARS, mortars, howitzer rounds, missiles, and Carl Gustaf anti-tank rifles. The weapons will all be taken from Pentagon stockpiles, so they can get to the front lines quickly.
The latest shipment comes as Ukrainian officials say they are preparing a counter-offensive – with Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov declaring that they are “on the stretch, when we can say, ‘Yes, everything is ready'”. Ukrainian officials said they were hoarding ammunition. to stow it along potentially long supply lines.
Reznikov said on Monday that the key things to the success of the assault would be “the availability of weapons; prepared and trained people; our defenders and defenders who know their plan at their level, as well as supplying this offensive with all the necessary things : bullets, ammunition, fuel, protection, etc.”
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The United States has in recent months refused to say exactly how much material it will send to Ukraine, but the latest package is reminiscent of other previous deliveries. Includes trucks, trailers, parts and other maintenance assistance.
This is the 37th Pentagon stock package targeting Ukraine since the war began in February 2022, and brings total US military aid to about $36 billion.
Officials said the weapons and other equipment will help as Ukraine prepares to emerge from what has been a long and bloody winter standoff centered on heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine, particularly around the city of Bakhmut in the Donetsk province.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said Russia continues to focus its efforts on offensive operations in Ukraine’s industrial east, concentrating attacks around Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Marinka.