U.S. Aid Package: Laser-Guided Missiles for Ukraine

The White House is set to propose a new $425 million aid package for Ukraine, which is to include counter-drone capabilities and various types of ammunition.

According to The Kyiv Independent, citing news agency Reuters, the United States has provided approximately $44 billion in aid to Ukraine since the Russian invasion in February 2022. The new aid package is expected to include laser-guided missiles valued at around $300 million to counter Russian drones that have been hampering Ukrainian efforts on the battlefield.

The funds for the package are believed to come from the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI), which allows President Biden’s administration to purchase new weapons instead of drawing from older stocks. The remaining $125 million worth of weapons includes advanced ground-to-air missile systems (NASAMS), HIMARS ammunition, artillery shells, and other types of critical ammunition that Ukraine has requested. According to official statements, the package is still being finalized and may be subject to adjustments.

Image: President Joe Biden and President Volodymyr Zelensky in the Oval Office of the White House 2.jpg, The White House, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons (Image size changed)

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