The U.S. defense department has announced additional $2 billion “security assistance” for Ukraine.
The package includes ammunition for HIMARS rocket systems and other weaponry, high-tech drones, mine clearing equipment, and funds for training.
“One year ago today, Russia launched an unprovoked and indefensible full-scale invasion of its peaceful and democratic neighbor Ukraine,” the Pentagon said in a statement last Friday.
“One year on, the commitment of the United States, together with some 50 countries who have rallied to rush urgently needed assistance to Ukraine, has only strengthened,” it added.
Since the launch of the invasion, the United States has provided more than $32 billion in security assistance to Ukraine, according to the White House
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was quoted in the separate statement saying the aid and support is to enable Ukraine in its fight to repel Russian troops, and it will remain “steadfast.”
“Russia launched an unprovoked and indefensible invasion of its peaceful and democratic neighbor Ukraine — a cruel war of choice that has killed thousands of innocent Ukrainians, forced millions more from their homes, left countless Ukrainians wounded or traumatized, and inflicted tragedy and terror on a sovereign U.N. member state,” he said in the statement.
“Putin thought that Ukraine’s defenses would collapse, that America’s resolve would falter, and that the world would look the other way. He was wrong. One year later, Ukraine’s brave defenders have not wavered, and neither has our commitment to support them for as long as it takes,” he added.