What exactly is the US sending to Ukraine in the latest weapons package?
The US has announced the latest $625 million weapons package for Ukraine, which also includes HIMARS missile launchers and Excalibur high-precision missiles. The Pentagon clarified the content of the supplies to Kyiv. These are 4 highly mobile HIMARS artillery rocket systems and their associated ammunition, 16 155 mm M777 howitzers, another 16 105 mm howitzers, as well as 75,000 155 mm artillery shells.
The package also includes 500 155mm Excalibur precision-guided artillery rounds and 1,000 155mm Remote Anti-Personnel Mine (RAAM) rounds.
The US is sending 30,000 120mm mortars, 200 MaxxPro mine-resistant and ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles, 200,000 rounds of small arms ammunition, obstacle emplacement equipment, and Claymore anti-personnel ammunition. US President Joe Biden held talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday as Ukraine continued its offensive on the southern and eastern fronts. The head of state of the country defending itself from Russia said his forces were making “rapid and powerful” progress and had recaptured dozens of villages on both fronts.
Biden, who joined the conversation with his vice president, Kamala Harris, noted that Washington will continue to support Kyiv “as much as necessary.” Since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24 of this year, the United States has provided Kyiv with aid worth more than $16.8 billion.