US to provide Ukraine $1.2 billion in long-term security aid

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In a move to bolster Ukraine’s air defenses amidst ongoing attacks from Russia, the United States has announced an additional $1.2 billion in long-term military aid.

The Pentagon confirmed the aid package on Tuesday under the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, the Associated Press reported.

Unlike the swift delivery of equipment, weapons, and ammunition from Pentagon stocks, this financial assistance will be allocated over the coming months or even years, addressing Ukraine’s future security requirements.

The aid aims to enhance Ukraine’s air defenses, which have been under relentless assault from Russian drones, rockets, and surface-to-air missiles.

The Pentagon’s funding will support the acquisition of air-defense munitions and drones, as well as the necessary equipment modifications for Western air-defense launchers, missiles, and radars to integrate seamlessly with Ukraine’s existing systems.

The aid package will also cover the procurement of artillery rounds, howitzer ammunition, satellite imagery assistance, and ongoing maintenance and spare parts for various systems.

Although the formal announcement is pending, U.S. officials, speaking anonymously, disclosed that the weaponry includes HAWK air-defense systems.

The aid seeks to address Ukraine’s immediate and long-term security concerns in the face of Russian aggression.

Written by staff