The White House announced a $600 million security package for Ukraine on Thursday, providing the Ukrainian military with a new round of assistance in its ongoing counteroffensive against Russian forces.
The equipment will be drawn from existing US stocks and inventories, and it will include additional weapons, ammunition and equipment, according to a statement from Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
“Together with our allies and partners, we are delivering the weapons and equipment that Ukrainian forces use so effectively as they continue their successful counteroffensive against the Russian invasion,” Blinken said.
The package includes additional ammunition for the HIMARS system, which Ukraine has used to hit several Russian logistics centers, command posts and ammunition depots. It also includes tens of thousands of 105mm conventional artillery rounds, 1,000 155mm precision rounds and counter drone systems. With the onset of winter, the United States is also providing cold weather gear and more night vision devices.
A week ago, the Pentagon announced another $675 million packagewhich included additional ammunition for the HIMARS, as well as tens of thousands of artillery rounds.
CNN reported that the United States, for now, has decided not to send long-range ATACMS munitions to Ukraine for use with the HIMARS platform, despite repeated Ukrainian requests. ATACMS have a range of nearly 200 miles, capable of striking deep into Russian territory.
Pentagon officials said the GMLRS-coupled HIMARS launchers, a munition with a range of about 40 miles, is what the United States should focus on supplying Ukraine at the time.
Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began on February 24, the United States has provided $15.1 billion in security assistance to Ukraine.