The Biden administration’s latest move in U.S.-Ukraine relations is the unveiling of a new $500 million military aid package for Ukraine, showcasing America’s commitment to its European ally. This significant defense aid includes dozens of combat vehicles.
This much-anticipated military aid to Ukraine is set to include Bradley infantry fighting vehicles and Stryker armored personnel carriers. These defense equipment, sourced directly from U.S. stockpiles, are ready for deployment to Kyiv. Additionally, the aid will include an unspecified number of High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) rounds, Patriot munitions, artillery rounds, and ammunition. However, the official noted that the longer-range Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) for the HIMARS will not be part of this package, a detail that has drawn attention from observers.
The fact that the vehicles are being supplied from U.S. stocks indicates that the aid will be provided through presidential drawdown authorities. This marks the 41st time President Joe Biden has opted to use this power to expedite the delivery of weapons platforms and defense articles to Ukraine.