Additional precision missiles for the Himars system, which has helped Ukraine’s forces attack Russian troops far behind the front lines, were announced by the Pentagon on Monday.
According to a statement from the US Department of Defense, the package also includes more surface-to-air missiles for defense against Russian aircraft and rockets, more Javelin anti-armor rockets, and other ammunition.
To counter Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine, as well as new developments in the country’s south and elsewhere, Under Secretary of Defense Colin Kahl called these capabilities “critical.”
Since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, the United States has given Ukraine $9.1 billion in security assistance.
To counter Russian aggression, the United States stands with allies and partners from more than 50 countries, according to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, providing vital security assistance to Ukraine.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement that the United States is “continuing to consult closely with Ukraine” and that additional systems and capabilities will be “carefully calibrated” to help Ukraine on the battlefield and in negotiations.
The World Bank announced on Monday that the United States will contribute $4.5 billion in aid to Ukraine.
Banking officials say that the funds will help Kyiv pay for services and pensions, which are critical to reducing the economic impact of the Russian invasion.
Janet Yellen, the US Treasury Secretary, said in a statement that “this economic assistance is critical in supporting the Ukrainian people as they defend their democracy against Russia’s unprovoked war of aggression.”