Attributed to Pentagon Press Secretary Todd Breasseale:
This afternoon, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced $820 million in additional security assistance for Ukraine. This includes an authorization for a presidential security assistance levy worth up to $50 million, as well as $770 million in funds from the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI ).
The PDA authorization is the fourteenth removal of equipment from DoD inventories for Ukraine that the Biden administration has authorized since August 2021. Capabilities in this package include:
- Additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS).
As part of the USAI, the DoD will provide Ukraine with critical capabilities to defend against Russian aggression. Included in this package:
- Two National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS);
- Up to 150,000 rounds of 155mm artillery ammunition; and
- Four additional counter-artillery radars.
Unlike the Presidential Levy, the USAI is an authority under which the United States purchases capacity from industry rather than delivering equipment drawn from DoD inventory. This announcement represents the start of a procurement process aimed at providing additional capabilities to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
The United States has now committed about $7.6 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the start of the Biden administration, including about $6.9 billion since the start of the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. Russia on February 24. Since 2014, the United States has committed more than $8.8 billion in security assistance to Ukraine.
The United States continues to work with allies and partners to provide Ukraine with the capabilities necessary to meet its changing battlefield needs. In particular, the DoD acknowledges Norway’s cooperation in enabling the United States’ historic supply of modern air defense systems that will help Ukraine defend against brutal Russian air attacks.