President Biden on Sunday met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during the G7 summit in Hiroshima, Japan, and announced a new military aid package for Kyiv that’s worth $375 million.
“I’m announcing the next tranche of US security assistance to Ukraine — a package that includes more ammunition, artillery, armored vehicles to bolster Ukraine’s battlefield abilities,” Biden said alongside Zelensky.
The funds for the new weapons package are being drawn from the $45 billion Congress authorized to spend on the war in December. Recent media reports said US aid for Ukraine might be exhausted by the end of the summer and that the White House will have to ask Congress for more.
However, the Pentagon has discovered an “error” that overvalued weapons sent to Ukraine by at least $3 billion, which could give the Biden administration more funds to work with.
According to the Pentagon, the new $375 million package includes:
• Additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS)
• 155mm and 105mm artillery rounds
• Tube-Launched, Optically-Tracked, Wire-Guided (TOW) missiles
• Javelin and AT-4 anti-armor systems
• Laser-guided rocket system munitions
• Demolition munitions
• Armored bridging systems
• Armored medical treatment vehicles
• Trucks and trailers to transport heavy equipment
• Logistics support equipment
• Thermal imagery systems
• Spare parts and other field equipment
The Pentagon said in a fact sheet that the package brings the total US military aid that has been provided since Russia invaded Ukraine last year to over $37.3 billion. “We are very thankful that that is the new package,” Zelensky told Biden. “I really didn’t know the details, but I know that you gave us a very big package during this year. It’s more than $37 billion.”
The Biden-Zelensky meeting came after the US gave its approval for European countries sending American-made F16s to Kyiv and said it would support training Ukrainian pilots, which marks a significant escalation of NATO involvement in the war.
“In my private meeting with President Zelenskyafter the G7 meeting and his with staff, I told — the United States, together with our allies and partners, is going to begin training Ukrainian pilots in fourth-generation fighter aircraft, including F-16s, to strengthen Ukraine’s air force as part of a long-term commitment to Ukraine’s ability to defend itself,” Biden said at a press conference later in the day.