WASHINGTON: As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, the United States will provide $3.75 billion in military supplies and other aid. To Ukraine and its neighbors on NATO’s eastern flank.
The most recent aid package will include Bradley armored vehicles for Ukraine for the first time. The armored carrier, which can fire anti-tank missiles. It is helpful to ferry troops to battle, is also refer as a “tank-killer.”
According to the White House, the largest U.S. assistance package for Kyiv includes a $2.85 billion. Drawdown from the Pentagon’s stocks that will be given directly to Ukraine. And $225 million in foreign military funding to increase Ukraine’s military’s long-term capacity and support modernisation.
Additionally, it includes $682 million in foreign military funding for European allies. To supplement military equipment commitments they have already committed to Ukraine.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that the aid was being sent because “the war is at a critical moment. We must do everything we can to help the Ukrainians fight Russian aggression.” The package includes 50 Bradleys, 500 anti-tank missiles. Also 250,000 rounds of ammo for the carriers are all part of the direct aid to Ukraine.
According to the Pentagon, the United States is also delivering 100 M113 armored personnel carriers, 55 MRAPS. And 138 Humvees, along with thousands of artillery shells and ammo for air defense systems and other weapons.
According to John Kirby, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council. The Bradleys will be especially helpful to Ukraine in the on-going fierce fighting. Taking place primarily in rural areas of eastern Ukraine.
It’s closely related to the conflict we are currently witnessing on the groun. And what Kirby predicts we will witness during the upcoming winter.
The U.S. has received criticism for being too sluggish. To provide crucial weapons like the Bradley and combat tanks like the Abrams. Which some claim may have aided in the conflict last year.
The deputy assistant secretary for Russia and Ukraine, Laura Cooper, stated that now is the appropriate time to provide the Bradley at the Pentagon. She noted that “the Ukrainians have shown a lot of rising proficiency in maintenance and sustainment.”
She said that providing tanks, such as the Pentagon’s more complicated, gas-guzzling. Also heavily armored M1 Abrams tank, would require additional maintenance and other training. The U.S.-led training, which is slated to begin later this month. Will enable troops to operate, maintain, and repair the weaponry.