The Pentagon pledges another $2.5 billion in aid to Ukraine

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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.

Army conducts training exercises for air assault operations at Fort Carson, Colorado
A joint light tactical vehicle sits at the Tactical Operation Center as the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team participates in Operation Steel Eagle March 31, 2022 at Fort Carson, Colorado.

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The US has provided more than $26.7 billion since the Russian invasion began in February 2022. The Pentagon pledges another $2.5 billion in aid to Ukraine

Rick Schindler

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