President Biden is preparing to announce a new massive military aid package for Ukraine that will be about the same size as the previous $800 million one, Reuters reported Tuesday.
If announced, the new package would bring the total military aid for Ukraine pledged by the Biden administration since Russia invaded on February 24 to well over $3 billion. Two US officials told NBC News that the new aid will include artillery and tens of thousands of artillery rounds.
President Biden also said Tuesday that the US will give Ukraine more artillery. The US is giving Ukraine heavy artillery for the first time as part of the $800 million weapons package that was announced last week, which includes howitzers and 40,000 artillery rounds.
Other military equipment the US has sent to Ukraine since Russia invaded includes thousands of Javelin anti-tank missiles and Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, armed switchblade drones, armored vehicles, helicopters, and sea drones. The US is pulling most of the weapons from its own stockpiles, and the Pentagon is scrambling to replenish them, which means long-term profits for US arms makers.
The flow of US weapons into Ukraine shows no sign of slowing down. Matt Miller, a White House official on the National Security Council, told MSNBC on Tuesday that the US is “always” preparing new weapons packages for the Ukrainians. “The question about another package is really the easiest one you could ask me. The answer is yes, of course, we are always preparing the next package of security assistance to get into Ukraine,” he said.