A new $625 million military aid package for Ukraine, which includes additional HIMARS artillery systems, has been announced by U.S. President Joe Biden during a telephone conversation with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the White House press service reported on Oct. 4.
"President Biden pledged to continue supporting Ukraine as it defends itself from Russian aggression for as long as it takes, including the provision today of a new $625 million security assistance package," the statement reads.
The Pentagon clarified that the assistance package includes:
- four HIMARS MLRS and ammunition;
- 16 155 mm howitzers and 75,000 artillery rounds for them;
- 500 precision-guided 155 mm artillery rounds;
- 1,000 155 mm rounds of remote anti-armor mine systems
- 16 105 mm howitzers;
- 30,000 120 mm mortar rounds;
- 200 MaxxPro Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles;
- 200,000 rounds of small arms ammunition;
- obstacle emplacement equipment;
- Claymore anti-personnel munitions;
- field equipment.
This is the first military aid package from Washington following Russia's claimed annexation of four Ukrainian oblasts.
The Pentagon announced a new $1.1 billion military assistance package for Ukraine, including 18 HIMARS systems, on Sept. 28. The U.S. Department of Defense clarified that the delivery of these systems may take several years.