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5/6/2022 According to Reuters, U.S. President Joe Biden signed a new $150 million weapon package for Ukraine on Friday, providing additional artillery munitions, radar, and other equipment in the latest series of transfers to help Kyiv repel Russia’s invasion.
“Today, the United States will continue to strongly support the brave people of Ukraine as they defend their country against continued Russian aggression,” Biden said in a statement.
The United States has already provided $34 billion worth of military weapon and equipment since Russia invaded on Feb 24th, including howitzers, anti-aircraft Stinger systems, anti-tank Javelin missiles, ammunition and recently-disclosed “Ghost” drones.
The new package will be worth $150 million, including 25000 of 155mm artillery rounds, counter-artillery radar, jamming equipment, field equipment and spare parts, a U.S. official said.
The new transfers will come from the remaining $250 million in the Presidential Drawdown Authority, which allows the president to authorize the transfer of excess weapons from U.S. stocks without congressional approval in response to emergency.
Last month Biden proposed a $33 billion Ukraine aid package, including more than $20 billion in military aid. Congress must approve the new funding package. House of Representatives and Senate leaders have said they want quick action.
Biden urged lawmakers to work quickly. “Congress should quickly provide the funds requested to strengthen Ukraine on the battlefield and at the negotiating table,” he said in a statement.
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