WASHINGTON: The Department of Defense (DOD) reported on Friday that US President Joe Biden has approved a drawdown of up to USD 450 million to meet Ukraine’s urgent demand for armaments in the face of the intensifying Russian attack.
According to a statement from the Department, this is the 13th presidential drawdown of DOD supplies. “The US has committed approximately USD6.8 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of the Biden administration, including approximately USD6.1 billion since the beginning of Russia’s unprovoked invasion on February 24,” said acting Pentagon press secretary Todd Breasseale in the statement.
18 tactical vehicles for towing 155 mm artillery, 1,200 grenade launchers, 2,000 machine guns, 18 riverine and coastal patrol boats, 36,000 rounds of 105 mm ammunition, four high-mobility artillery rocket systems, 18 riverine and coastal patrol boats, spare parts, and other gear are all included in the package, according to the statement.
Over USD6.8 billion in security aid has been offered by the US to Ukraine since the Biden administration began, of which USD6.1 billion has been provided since February 24, when Russia launched its war.
According to the military department, the US has provided Ukraine with security assistance worth more than USD8.7 billion since 2014.