The White House announced a $600 million security package for Ukraine on Thursday, providing another round of aid to Ukraine’s military in its ongoing counteroffensive against Russian forces.
The equipment will be drawn from existing US stockpiles and inventories, and will include additional weapons, ammunition and equipment, according to a statement from Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
“Together with our allies and partners, we are delivering the weapons and equipment that Ukrainian forces are using so effectively as they continue their successful counteroffensive against Russia’s invasion,” Blinken said.
The package includes additional munitions for the HIMARS system, which Ukraine has used to hit numerous Russian logistics centers, command posts and ammunition depots. It also includes a conventional 105 mm artillery round, 155 mm 1,000 precision rounds and anti-drone systems. With winter coming, the US is also offering more cold weather gear and night vision devices.
A week ago, the Pentagon announced another $675 million package, including additional ammunition for HIMARS, as well as tens of rounds of artillery ammunition.
CNN reports that the US has decided not to send long-range ATACMS ammunition to Ukraine for use with the HIMARS platform, despite repeated requests from Ukraine. ATACMS have a range of about 200 miles, capable of striking deep into Russian territory.
Pentagon officials have said the HIMARS launchers along with the GMLRS, a munition about 40 miles away, the US should focus on supplying Ukraine at that time.
Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began on February 24, the United States has provided $15.1 trillion in security assistance to Ukraine.