Ukraine has received a second shipment of a new $200 million weapons package that was approved by President Biden in December. Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov celebrated the shipment on Twitter and said more will come.
“The second bird in Kyiv! More than 80 tons of weapons to strengthen Ukraine’s defense capabilities from our friends in the USA! And this is not the end,” Oleksii wrote.
The first shipment arrived in Ukraine on Saturday and was announced by the US Embassy in Kyiv. “The first shipment of assistance recently directed by President Biden to Ukraine arrived in Ukraine tonight. This shipment includes close to 200,000 pounds of lethal aid, including ammunition for the front line defenders of Ukraine,” the Embassy said.
“Lethal aid” is US government jargon for military equipment that can kill people. Besides ammunition, the new aid package is said to include small arms, heavy machine guns, Javelin anti-tank missiles, and other anti-armor artillery.
Since the 2014 US-backed coup in Kyiv, the US has provided Ukraine with about $2.7 billion in military aid. But it wasn’t until the Trump administration that the US started sending lethal aid.
More US military aid will be headed to Ukraine this year. The 2022 National Defense Authorization Act authorized $300 million for Ukraine. NATO allies are also sending the Ukrainians weapons. The UK recently announced that it has begun supplying Kyiv with anti-tank weapons.