The Joe Biden administration said the Department of Defense will send $275 million in arms to Ukraine. The shipment is the twenty-fourth since Russian forces invaded in February. The White House has provided Kiev with tens of billions in military aid.
The Pentagon press release says the latest transfer will include ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), 155mm Howitzers, and Remote Anti-Armor Mine Systems. Washington will also send Ukraine vehicles, small arms, and communications equipment.
The Department of Defense says Biden authorized the weapons transfer through the Presidential Drawdown Authority (PDA). The PDA allows the president to send weapons to foreign militaries directly from American stockpiles. The Pentagon says its supply of some weapons systems are now "uncomfortably low" due to the transfers to Ukraine.
The Pentagon claims American security assistance for Ukraine since the Russian invasion now stands at $17.9 billion. The Kiel Institute, a German think tank, reports Washington’s security assistance for Kiev totals $27.5 billion. The institute, which "is basically funded by the German Federal Government," says the US has also provided Ukraine with $15 billion in financial aid and nearly $10 billion in humanitarian assistance.
The White House announces a new weapons package for Kiev nearly every week. While this package did not include any new weapons platforms, the Pentagon pledged air defense systems in the future.
"Air defense capabilities have been, and will continue to be, a U.S. priority for Ukraine," the Pentagon press release says, adding, "[t]o meet Ukraine’s evolving battlefield requirements, the United States will continue to work with its Allies and partners to provide Ukraine with key capabilities."