The US is ready to provide its full backing to Ukraine as it plans for a more vigorous counter-attack, reclaiming regions on their border.

Earlier today, it’s been reported that the Biden administration is getting ready to release $1 billion worth of US military assistance to Ukraine, which would support their coastal defense, artillery, and modern missile systems. However, President Joe Biden has not signed the papers yet. Sources close to the White House told Reuters that it’s possible the range and the coverage of the weapons package might change before the president signs.

However, for now, what’s been released in Antony Blinken’s press release is the $1 billion worth of military care package coverage.

“Pursuant to a delegation of authority from the President, I am authorizing our twelfth drawdown of arms and equipment from US Department of Defense inventories for Ukraine’s defense since August 2021, valued at up to $350 million. This authorization, combined with $650 million in additional assistance also announced today under the US Department of Defense’s Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, will bring total US security assistance to Ukraine to over $5.6 billion since Russia launched its brutal and unprovoked full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24.”

The updated package will also include Pentagon’s approval to treat Ukrainian troops at a US hospital in Germany, the Landstuhl Regional Medical center. Back in June, the number of Ukrainian forces getting killed was about 100 to 200, and US medical assistance could help minimize this number.

U.S. Soldiers assigned to the 65th Field Artillery Brigade fire a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) during a joint live-fire exercise with the Kuwait Land Forces, Jan. 8, 2019, near Camp Buehring, Kuwait. (Source: U.S. Department of Defense/rawpixel)

New HIMARS will be included in this package funded by the Presidential Drawdown Authority (PDA), allowing the president to transfer “articles and services from US stocks without congressional approval in response to an emergency.”

Zelensky Send His Gratitude to the American People

With the billions worth of military and humanitarian support sent to Ukraine since the war began, President Volodymyr Zelensky is grateful for this new package.

In an official video released by the Ukrainian government, Zelensky said this new package would be instrumental for their strategic defense in the Donbas region.