Latest aid package to enable Ukraine resist Russia long-term, DoD official says

25 August, 01:32 PM
A new package of military aid from the US will help Ukraine defend itself in the long term (Photo:defense.gov)

A new package of military aid from the US will help Ukraine defend itself in the long term (Photo:defense.gov)

The most recent $3 billion U.S. security assistance package is focused on bolstering Ukraine’s long-term capacity to defend against the Russian invasion, United States Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Colin Kahl said during a press briefing on Aug. 24.

Kahl explicitly said the aid package is “not intended to directly contribute to today's fight,” and instead aims to enable Ukraine to defend itself “for years to come.”

“…it is relevant to the ability of Ukraine to defend itself and deter further aggression a year from now, two years from now, and this is actually extraordinarily important,” said Kahl.

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“Because is least as we can discern, Vladimir Putin has not given up on his overall strategic objectives of seizing most of Ukraine, toppling the regime, reclaiming Ukraine as part of a new Russian Empire.”

Kahl noted that the United States has now committed $13.5 billion in security assistance to Ukraine, including $12.9 billion in the last six months.

“This level of U.S. security assistance is historically unprecedented, and demonstrates our unwavering support for a free and democratic Ukraine on its Independence Day,” said the official.

“This may be our largest security assistance package to date—but let me be clear—it will not be our last; we will continue to closely consult with Ukraine on its near-, mid-, and long-term capability needs.”

Some of the specifics of the package include:

  • Six NASAMS anti-air systems, with additional munitions for them;
  • Up to 245,000 155mm artillery rounds;
  • Up to 65,000 120mm artillery rounds;
  • 24 counter-artillery radars;
  • VAMPIRE UAV countermeasure systems;
  • Puma and Scan Eagle unmanned aerial systems;
  • Laser-guided rocket systems;
  • Funding for maintenance and training.

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