According to a Reuters report, the administration of President Joe Biden is ready to send Ukraine a $1 billion weapons package as early as Monday.
The $1 billion arms package is said to be one of the largest aid packages the United States has sent to Ukraine since Russia invaded the country in February.
The $1 billion weapons package will contain “long-range weapons ammunition and armored medical transport vehicles,” according to Reuters sources, who spoke to the outlet on condition of anonymity.
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In particular, the weapons package will contain “ammunition for HIMARS, ammunition for the NASAMS surface-to-air missile system and as many as 50 M113 armored medical transports,” Reuters reported.
However, Reuters sources warned that the current $1 billion package could change ahead of Monday’s expected announcement.
The $1 billion weapons package would come just days after the Pentagon announced it would send Ukraine weapons and equipment from the US Department of Defense inventory worth up to $550 million.
“The United States continues to stand behind Allies and partners from more than 50 countries in providing essential security assistance to support Ukraine’s defense of its sovereignty and territorial integrity against Russian aggression,” said a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Foreign Affairs.
The upcoming $1 billion weapons package would be funded through the Presidential Drawdown Authority.
As Reuters explained:
The new package would be funded under the Presidential Drawdown Authority (PDA), in which the president can authorize the transfer of items and services from US stocks without congressional approval in response to an emergency.
HIMARS is playing a key role in the artillery duel between Ukraine and Russia, which is described as “grinding” with very little movement of the front line in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region.
In May, Congress authorized $40 billion in economic and military aid to Ukraine after Russian leader Vladimir Putin invaded the country, despite Americans suffering from rising inflation and food shortages.