The Pentagon pledges another $2.5 billion in aid to Ukraine
The Pentagon on Thursday released its latest aid package for Ukraine worth $2.5 billion. The pack includes more armored vehicles – including Stryker vehicles for the first time – and additional anti-aircraft missiles and thousands of artillery shells.
The announcement comes as Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin is in Germany for the eighth meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group, a gathering of defense ministers from more than 50 countries, to discuss what capabilities should be made available to Ukraine.
Pentagon press secretary Brig. Gen. Gen. Patrick Ryder said the Ukraine Defense Contact Group’s primary focus this week will be “air defense and armor.” Ukraine has asked for more armored capabilities ahead of an expected Russian spring offensive.
The aid package announced Thursday includes 90 Strykers and 59 Bradleys, as well as more ammunition for NASAMS, the medium-range air defense systems the US previously provided to Ukraine. In addition, it contains 20,000 rounds of 155mm artillery.
The US has provided more than $26.7 billion since the Russian invasion began in February 2022.
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