“Together with our Allies and partners, we are delivering the arms and equipment that Ukraine’s forces are utilizing so effectively as they continue their successful counter-offensive against Russia’s invasion,” said Blinken.
The package includes additional ammo for the HIMARS system, which Ukraine has used to hit multiple Russian logistics hubs, command posts and ammo depots. It also includes tens of thousands of conventional 105mm artillery rounds, 1,000 precision 155mm rounds, and counter drone systems. With winter coming, the US is also providing cold weather gear and more night vision devices.
CNN has reported that the US, for now, has decided against sending long-range ATACMS ammunition to Ukraine for use with the HIMARS platform, despite repeated Ukrainian requests. The ATACMS have a range of nearly 200 miles, capable of striking deep within Russian territory.
Pentagon officials have said the HIMARS launchers coupled with GMLRS, a munition with a range of some 40 miles, is what the US should be focused on providing to Ukraine at the time.
Since the beginning of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, the US has provided $15.1 billion in security assistance to Ukraine.