The U.S. Defense Department announced on Friday a new $425 million military assistance package for Ukraine, which will include laser-guided munitions to shoot down Russia’s drones.
Ukraine will receive additional munitions for its air defense, ammunition for U.S.-provided rocket systems, artillery rounds, javelins, and anti-tank systems to help it fight against Russian forces on its soil.
The remaining $300 million will come from the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI), which allows the Biden administration to procure weapons from industry. This fund will be used to provide Ukraine with laser-guided munitions to counter Russia’s drones.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on Nov. 3 that funds under USAI are running low as Congress remains divided over the Biden administration’s $100 billion supplemental funding request.
Biden Says US Capable of Supporting Ukraine, IsraelPresident Joe Biden has previously dismissed concerns that the United States doesn’t have the resources to support both Ukraine and Israel while maintaining its own security needs.
“We can take care of both of these and still maintain our overall international defense,” President Biden added.
The Biden administration has already moved military assets closer to Israel and sent munitions and interceptors for its Iron Dome defense system following the unprecedented attack by Hamas on Oct. 7.
However, unlike in Ukraine, Israeli forces are being supported by a growing deployment of United States warships in the region in deterrence posturing directed at Iran and its proxies in the region.
The United States in July also decided to send controversial cluster bombs to Ukraine after months of requests from Kyiv for further assistance with its war effort against Russia. President Biden explained his decision to reporters at the time, saying, “We’ve run out of ammunition,” referring to medium-caliber 155 mm artillery ammunition.
Not just the United States, but Ukraine’s European allies have also expressed that they are running low on 155 mm munitions, having been depleting their stockpiles in support of Ukraine’s defense.