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U.S. Security Assistance to Ukraine Fact Sheet (Summary) As of April 21, 2022 > U.S. Department of Defense > News Release

On April 21, President Biden authorized a presidential withdrawal of security assistance worth up to $800 million, tailored to meet Ukraine’s critical combat needs today. as Russian forces launch a new offensive in eastern Ukraine. This authorization is the eighth drawdown of equipment from DoD inventory for Ukraine since August 2021, bringing the U.S. commitment to more than $4 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the start of the Biden administration.

Features of this package include:

  • 72 155 mm howitzers and 144,000 artillery shells;
  • 72 tactical vehicles to tow 155 mm howitzers;
  • Over 121 Phoenix Ghost tactical unmanned aerial systems; and
  • Field equipment and spare parts.

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As of April 14, President Biden has committed more than $3.2 billion in security assistance to Ukraine, including about $2.6 billion since the start of the unprovoked invasion of Russia on February 24.

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On April 13, President Biden authorized a presidential withdrawal of security assistance worth up to $800 million, tailored to meet Ukraine’s urgent combat needs today as the Russian forces are shifting the focus of their ruthless aggression towards eastern Ukraine. This clearance is the seventh removal of equipment from DoD inventory for Ukraine since August 2021.

Features of this package include:

  • 18 155 mm howitzers and 40,000 artillery shells;
  • 10 AN/TPQ-36 counter-artillery radars;
  • Two AN/MPQ-64 Sentinel air surveillance radars;
  • 300 Switchblade tactical unmanned aerial systems;
  • 500 Javelin missiles and thousands of other anti-armour systems;
  • 200 M113 armored personnel carriers;
  • 100 high mobility multipurpose wheeled armored vehicles;
  • 11 Mi-17 helicopters;
  • Unmanned Coastal Defense Vessels;
  • Chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear protection equipment;
  • Medical equipement;
  • 30,000 sets of body armor and helmets;
  • More than 2,000 optical and laser rangefinders;
  • C-4 explosives and demolition equipment for obstacle clearance; and
  • M18A1 Claymore anti-personnel munitions configured in accordance with the Ottawa Convention.

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On April 5, President Biden authorized a Presidential Security Assistance Drawdown worth up to $100 million to meet an urgent Ukrainian need for additional Javelin anti-armour systems, which the United States has provided. to Ukraine and which they have used so effectively to defend their country. This is the sixth removal of equipment from DoD inventory for Ukraine since August 2021.

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On April 1, the DoD informed Congress of assistance activities under the authority of the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI). Through the USAI, the DoD will provide up to $300 million in security assistance to bolster Ukraine’s ability to defend itself.

Features of this package include:

  • Laser-guided rocket systems;
  • Switchblade Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems;
  • Puma Unmanned Aerial Systems;
  • Counter-unmanned aerial systems;
  • High mobility multi-purpose wheeled armored vehicles;
  • Small to large caliber non-standard ammunition;
  • Night vision devices, thermal and optical imaging systems;
  • tactical secure communication systems;
  • Non-standard machine guns;
  • commercial satellite imagery services;
  • Medical supplies, field equipment and spare parts.

Unlike Presidential Levies, USAI is an authority under which the United States purchases capacity from industry rather than delivering equipment levied from DoD inventory. This announcement represents the start of a procurement process aimed at providing new capabilities to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

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On March 16, President Biden authorized $800 million in security assistance to Ukraine. The assistance will take the form of direct transfers of equipment from the DoD to the Ukrainian military to help them defend their country against the unprovoked and unwarranted invasion by Russia. The $800 million aid package included:

  • 800 Stinger anti-aircraft systems;
  • 2,000 Javelins, 1,000 small anti-armour weapons and 6,000 AT-4 anti-armour systems;
  • 100 tactical unmanned aerial systems;
  • 100 grenade launchers, 5,000 rifles, 1,000 pistols, 400 machine guns and 400 shotguns;
  • More than 20 million rounds of small arms and grenade launchers and mortars;
  • 25,000 sets of body armor; and
  • 25,000 helmets.

In addition to the weapons listed above, previously committed U.S. assistance to Ukraine included:

  • Over 600 Stinger anti-aircraft systems;
  • Approximately 2,600 Javelin anti-armour systems;
  • Five Mi-17 helicopters;
  • Three patrol boats;
  • Four counter-artillery and unmanned aerial counter-system tracking radars;
  • Four counter-mortar radar systems;
  • 200 grenade launchers and ammunition;
  • 200 hunting rifles and 200 machine guns;
  • Nearly 40 million rounds of small arms and more than one million grenades, mortars and artillery rounds;
  • 70 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV) and other vehicles;
  • Secure communications, electronic warfare detection systems, body armor, helmets and other tactical equipment;
  • Military medical equipment to support combat treatment and evacuation;
  • Explosive ordnance disposal and mine clearance equipment; and
  • Satellite imagery and analysis capability.

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On March 12, President Biden authorized a $200 million security assistance package for immediate defense support to Ukraine. This package includes capabilities to address air and armor threats against Ukraine and its people, which the DoD will continue to deliver on a timely basis.

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On February 25, President Biden authorized $350 million in military assistance from DoD stockpiles, including anti-armour, small arms and miscellaneous ammunition, body armor and related equipment to support the Ukrainian frontline defenders against Russia’s unprovoked attack. This brings the total security assistance we have approved for Ukraine to $1 billion over the past year.

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On January 19, Congress was informed of the intention to deliver five (5) Mi-17 helicopters held in DoD inventories to improve Ukraine’s lift capability.

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In December 2021, President Biden authorized $200 million in security support to meet Ukraine’s immediate defense needs. This set included javelins and other anti-armour systems, grenade launchers, ammunition and non-lethal equipment essential to Ukrainian frontline defenders. Since 2014, the United States has committed more than $2.7 billion in security assistance to build the capacity of Ukrainian forces, including more than $650 million in 2021 alone.