The Department of Defense announced Tuesday that is sending another $500 million worth of arms and equipment to Ukraine. The latest aid package includes “more ammunition for U.S.-provided HIMARS [High Mobility Artillery Rocket System], air defense interceptors, and artillery rounds that Ukraine is using to defend itself, as well as anti-armor systems, small arms, heavy equipment transport vehicles, and maintenance support,” the Pentagon said in a press release.
In addition, the Defense Department will spend $2.1 billion in Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative funds to purchase a “significant package of air defense capabilities, as well as artillery and tank ammunition, mortar systems, rockets, and anti-armor systems” directly from U.S. defense contractors.
The Pentagon also updated its tally of total military aid the U.S. has committed to Ukraine so far: $35.8 billion. The list of arms and material flowing to Ukraine – including 1.5 million 155mm artillery rounds, 10,000 Javelin anti-tank missiles, 2,000 Humvees and 1.8 million rounds of 25mm ammunition – now runs to three pages.