The United States was among the first to report suspicious Russian military activities near the borders of Ukraine months before the latter launched its invasion or what Vladimir Putin insisted on calling a “special military operation.” The unusual mobilization entailed a massive build-up of Russian troops and military assets from March to April 2021 and October 2021 to February 2022, culminating in an all-out war at the dawn of the twenty-fourth.

Leading up to the invasion, Putin had been reiterating its intentions to subjugate its fellow former Soviet nation. Tensions have already been brewing, especially since the invasion of Crimea remains a fresh wound, but the threat of another war breaking out between neighbors further escalated when the latter announced its steadfast interest in becoming a permanent member of NATO.

Standing by his countrymen, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stood strong to defend their sovereignty and democracy as dozens of missile attacks began flying across both Eastern and Western Ukraine.

As the world watches the bloody fight unfold between brothers, the US is among the first to respond and support the defensive side by providing additional military equipment—from powerful Javelins to sophisticated air defense systems to rugged armored vehicles—as well as financial and humanitarian assistance to millions of displaced Ukrainians.

At the onset of the war, the US sent thousands of anti-armor and anti-air systems—such as 8,000 Javelins and 1,600 Stingers—to Ukraine, which played a significant role in winning the Battle of Kyiv. Moreover, dozens of artillery and ammunition were likewise sent, like the 160 howitzers and 38 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, that boosted defense capacity in the Donbas region. These American-lent arsenals also aided in the launch of successful counter-offensives in Kharkiv and Kherson, reclaiming miles of territory and liberating surrounding towns and villages from unimaginable Russian brutality.

M142 HIMARS (Image source: DVIDS)

The air defense system and counter-drone capabilities protected Ukrainians and its billion-dollar infrastructure against incessant Russian bombardments. Meanwhile, American armored vehicles and other equipment, particularly M142 HIMARS and M1 Abrams, had taken over the spotlight as the MVPs on the battlefield.

Below is a summary of Washington’s security aid to Kyiv—committing more than $30.4 billion—since the Kremlin launched its unprovoked and brutal invasion of the latter a year ago. (Data provided by The White House as of February 20, 2023.)

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Javelin Anti-Tank Missile System (Image source: DVIDS)
  • Over 1,600 Stinger anti-aircraft systems;
  • Over 8,500 Javelin anti-armor systems;
  • Over 54,000 other anti-armor systems and munitions;
  • Over 700 Switchblade Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems;
  • 160 155mm Howitzers and over 1,000,000 155mm artillery rounds;
  • Over 6,000 precision-guided 155mm artillery rounds;
  • Over 10,000 155mm rounds of Remote Anti-Armor Mine (RAAM) Systems;
  • 100,000 rounds of 125mm tank ammunition;
  • 45,000 152mm artillery rounds;
  • 20,000 122mm artillery rounds;
  • 50,000 122mm GRAD rockets;
  • 72 105mm Howitzers and 370,000 105mm artillery rounds;
  • 298 Tactical Vehicles to tow weapons;
  • 36 Tactical Vehicles to recover equipment;
  • 30 ammunition support vehicles;
  • 38 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems and ammunition;
  • 30 120mm mortar systems and over 175,000 120mm mortar rounds;
  • 10 82mm mortar systems;
  • 10 60mm mortar systems;
  • Over 2,500 Tube-Launched, Optically-Tracked, Wire-Guided (TOW) missiles;
  • 545,000 rounds of 25mm ammunition;
  • 120mm ammunition;
  • Precision-guided rockets;
  • Ten Command Post vehicles;
  • One Patriot air defense battery and munitions;
  • Eight National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS) and munitions;
  • Two HAWK air defense firing units and munitions;
  • RIM-7 missiles for air defense;
  • 12 Avenger air defense systems;
  • Anti-aircraft guns and ammunition;
Mi-17 helicopters
Mi-17 helicopters (Image source: DVIDS)
  • Equipment to integrate Western air defense launchers, missiles, and radars with
  • Ukraine’s air defense systems;
  • Equipment to sustain Ukraine’s existing air defense capabilities;
  • High-speed Anti-radiation missiles (HARMs);
  • Precision aerial munitions;
  • 4,000 Zuni aircraft rockets;
  • 20 Mi-17 helicopters;
  • 31 Abrams tanks;
  • 45 T-72B tanks;
  • 109 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles;
  • Four Bradley Fire Support Team vehicles;
  • Over 1,700 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs);
  • Over 100 light tactical vehicles;
  • 44 trucks and 88 trailers to transport heavy equipment;
  • 90 Stryker Armored Personnel Carriers;
  • 300 M113 Armored Personnel Carriers;
  • 250 M1117 Armored Security Vehicles;
  • Over 500 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles (MRAPs);
  • Six armored utility trucks;
  • Mine clearing equipment and systems;
  • Over 13,000 grenade launchers and small arms;
  • Over 100,000,000 rounds of small arms ammunition;
  • Over 75,000 sets of body armor and helmets;
  • Approximately 1,800 Phoenix Ghost Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems;
  • Laser-guided rocket systems;
  • Puma Unmanned Aerial Systems;
  • 15 Scan Eagle Unmanned Aerial Systems;
  • Two radars for Unmanned Aerial Systems;
  • Unmanned Coastal Defense Vessels;
  • Over 70 counter-artillery and counter-mortar radars;
High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (Image source: DVIDS)
  • 20 multi-mission radars;
  • Counter-Unmanned Aerial Systems and equipment;
  • Counter air defense capability;
  • 18 air surveillance radars;
  • Two harpoon coastal defense systems;
  • 58 coastal and riverine patrol boats;
  • M18A1 Claymore anti-personnel munitions;
  • C-4 explosives, demolition munitions, and demolition equipment for obstacle clearing;
  • Obstacle emplacement equipment;
  • Tactical secure communications systems;
  • Four satellite communications antennas;
  • SATCOM terminals and services;
  • Thousands of night vision devices, surveillance systems, thermal imagery systems,
  • optics, and laser rangefinders;
  • Commercial satellite imagery services;
  • Explosive ordnance disposal equipment and protective gear;
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear protective equipment;
  • 100 armored medical treatment vehicles;
  • Over 350 generators;
  • Medical supplies to include first aid kits, bandages, monitors, and other equipment;
  • Electronic jamming equipment;
  • Field equipment, cold weather gear, and spare parts;
  • Funding for training, maintenance, and sustainment.
M18A1 claymore
M18A1 antipersonnel claymore (Image source: DVIDS)

As the war continues 365 days later, Washington, along with its Allies and partners, remain committed to providing Ukraine with the resources it requires to successfully fend itself against Russian subjugation.