In an effort to further bolster the military capacity of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the United States and its allies are supplying Ukraine with new small arms, anti-tank weaponry, military equipment, and various munitions in support of Ukraine’s frontline men. This rally in support comes after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told US President Joe Biden that he needed weapons in Ukraine and not an evacuation when he was offered one by the US government.
With the continued intensified fighting in Ukraine, it has become apparent that Ukraine has the capacity to repel Russian attacks as Kyiv and Kharkiv remain in Ukrainian control amid repeated Russian attempts to take these cities. While several small towns have fallen to the Russian occupation, the major cities have remained under Ukrainian control. Hundreds, if not thousands of troops and civilians have been killed by Russian gunfire and bombardment. Hundreds of casualties have been reported by both sides; however, the exact numbers remain unknown as neither side can be expected to faithfully report accurate numbers. Kharkiv remains under attack by Russian artillery, specifically in the residential districts where 11 civilians have been reported killed so far.
In response, US President Joe Biden has now instructed the US State Department to release another $350 million worth of ‘lethal defensive assistance’ in weapons and equipment to be sent to Ukraine. This will be allocated through the Foreign Assistance Act. The weapon supply package includes anti-aircraft systems, small arms, body armor, and numerous types of munitions to help repel the Russian army. With this additional supply package, the US has now given more than $1 billion in military assistance to Ukraine.
“Today, as Ukraine fights with courage and pride against Russia’s brutal and unprovoked assault, I have authorized, pursuant to a delegation by the President, an unprecedented third Presidential Drawdown of up to $350 million for immediate support to Ukraine’s defense. This brings the total security assistance the United States has committed to Ukraine over the past year to more than $1 billion,” said US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken in a statement.