US President Biden requests more funds to provide artillery - armored vehicles and weapons for Ukraine
According to a statement released by the U.S. Department of Defense on April 28, 2022, the President of the United States Joe Biden has requested the U.S. Congress a new military and economic aid of $30 billion for Ukraine. The military package will include artillery systems, armored vehicles, anti-tank weapons, and air defense missile systems.
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U.S. Marine Corps 155 mm M777 towed howitzers are staged on the flight line prior to being loaded onto an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft at March Air Reserve Base, Calif., April 22, 2022. The howitzers are included in U.S. and allied efforts to identify and provide Ukraine with additional capabilities. (Picture source U.S. DoD)
Following the deterioration of political relations between Ukraine and Russia, and the impossibility of finding a peaceful solution to this conflict, the United States will continue and increase its support for the Ukrainian government. The fighting continues in the Donbas region of Ukraine with 92 Russian battalion tactical groups now operating in the area. Russian troops are moving out of Mariupol to the northwest even though fighting continues in the Black Sea port.
Overall, the package comes to $30 billion, with $20.4 billion of that amount in additional security and military assistance for Ukraine and for American efforts to strengthen European security. This is being done in full consultation with NATO allies and partner nations concerned over Russia's unprovoked war.
The package would include $5 billion in additional drawdown authority, $6 billion for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, and $4 billion for the U.S. State Department’s foreign military financing program.
Citing information from the White House, the assistance to Ukraine includes funds that will allow us to ensure Ukraine has the weapons it needs to wage this fight, replenish our own stockpiles of key systems, help other countries to shift away from a dependence on Russian weapons, enable Ukraine's government to continue performing basic functions, address food insecurity exacerbated by Russia's war of aggression, and support Ukrainian refugees and the countries that are providing them sanctuary.
The funds will provide Ukrainians with an additional and uninterrupted flow of artillery, armored vehicles, anti-tank weapons, and air defense missile systems. The package will also forge a stronger NATO security posture through support for U.S. troop deployments on NATO territory, including transportation of personnel and equipment, temporary duty, special pay, airlift, weapons system sustainment, and medical support,
On April 21, 2022, the United States had already approved additional military aid for Ukraine of $800 million including 72 M777 155mm towed howitzers, 72 tactical vehicles to tow the howitzers, 144,000 artillery rounds, 121 Phoenix Gost tactical unmanned aerial systems, field equipment, and spare parts.