The United States will provide Ukraine with an additional $450 million in military aid, John Kirby, who coordinates White House communications on strategic issues, announced Thursday.
This brings to “about 6.1 billion” the total amount of military aid provided by Washington to kyiv since Russia invaded the country, and at 6.8 billion since Joe Biden was president, he said.
This new component of assistance provides in particular for the delivery of four additional Himars (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) systems, powerful rocket launchers mounted on light armour.
The Ukrainian army is very insistent on the need to have this type of systems now that the conflict has entered a new phase, more static and concentrated in the Donbass region, in the east of the country, with a more important role played by heavy artillery.
The new component of American military assistance also provides, among other things, ammunition, 2,000 automatic weapons and patrol boats.
John Kirby assured that the Americans were ” each day ” in contact with the Ukrainians about their military needs, and indicated that the United States was splitting and modifying its shipments of equipment so that the assistance provided remained “relevant”.