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US Announces $2.8 Billion in Military Aid for Ukraine, Allies in the Region

Blinken announced $2.2 billion during an unannounced visit to Kyiv.
Russo-Ukrainian War. Mvs.gov.ua, CC BY 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

By Dave DeCamp / Antiwar.com

On Thursday, the Biden administration announced over $2.8 billion in military aid for Ukraine and US allies in the region. The announcement came as Secretary of State Antony Blinken made a surprise visit to Kyiv, and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin chaired a meeting of defense ministers in Germany.

In Kyiv, Blinken met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and other officials and said that the administration was providing $2.2 billion in Foreign Military Financing (FMF) for Ukraine and 17 other countries in the region.

FMF is a State Department program that gives money to foreign governments that they can use to purchase US-made military equipment. The $2.2 billion is being pulled from the $40 billion Ukraine aid bill President Biden signed in May, which authorized $4 billion for FMF.

According to The Associated Press, about $1 billion of the $2.2 billion will go to Ukraine. The remaining funds will be divided among Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia.

Over at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany, Austin told a group of officials representing over 50 countries, known as the Ukraine Defense Contact Group, that President Biden approved a new $675 million weapons package for Ukraine.

According to the Pentagon, the arms package includes:

  • Additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS)
  • Four 105mm Howitzers and 36,000 105mm artillery rounds
  • Additional High-speed Anti-radiation missiles (HARM)
  • 100 Armored High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV)
  • 1.5 million rounds of small arms ammunition
  • More than 5,000 anti-armor systems
  • 1,000 155mm rounds of Remote Anti-Armor Mine (RAAM) Systems
  • Additional grenade launchers and small arms
  • 50 armored medical treatment vehicles
  • Night vision devices and other field equipment

The Pentagon said that the new aid brings the total military assistance the US has pledged since Russia invaded on February 24 to more than $14.5 billion. The $675 million is also being pulled from the $40 billion Ukraine aid bill. The Biden administration told Congress last week that it seeks another $13.7 billion for Ukraine aid as the funds are close to running out.

Austin told the contact group that the new aid will help support Ukraine for the “long haul” as there are no signs that the war will be ending anytime soon. The US and NATO have made clear that they are prepared to support the war against Russia for years to come.

“We will work together to train Ukraine’s forces for the long haul. We will work together to help integrate Ukraine’s capabilities and bolster its joint operations for the long haul,” Austin said.

“We will work together to upgrade our defense industrial basis to meet Ukraine’s requirements for the long haul, and we will work together for production and innovation to meet Ukraine’s self-defense needs for the long haul,” he added.

Austin said that the US and its allies are seeing the “demonstrable success” of their support for Ukraine on the battlefield. But Ukraine is taking heavy losses in its southern counteroffensive and doesn’t appear to be regaining territory.

Dave DeCamp

Dave DeCamp is the news editor of Antiwar.com, follow him on Twitter @decampdave.

9 comments

  1. The US is sending billions of our taxes to a weightlifting T-shirt clad celebrity billionaire comedian/president of the most corrupt country in Europe to fund a war US neocons deliberately provoked.

    1. THE EMPIRE’S NEW CLOTHES

      Bizarre, isn’t it? How the empire’s new clothes are being admired by everyone who’s anyone. How many will see the reality of naked aggression by design?

  2. It’s difficult to not perceive the Foreign Military Financing [FMF] cash bestowed upon 17 European and Baltic countries as a tightening “noose”; like the one that surrounds China. While this is not novel in the history of wanton NATO expansion since the early 1990’s, the current obsessive bellicosity of America and the West vis-a-vis Russia is reaching Captain Ahab levels of pathological self-destructiveness. The Atomic Clock is at 100 seconds to midnight.

  3. Do you ever notice the oceans of cash they are willing to throw at anybody or anything evil, while never having a penny to help their own or do anything good?

    I damn sure do.

    1. @JAM–
      Yep. My 94 year old mom says it’s *the Bad Guy of the month.*
      To which we’re supposed to respond like the dog in the movie Up–“SQUIRREL!!!”

  4. Any thinking, informed American — and there are too few — should be appalled that addressing public-health and safety issues are seen as questionable expenses while repeated record-breaking money for war and weapons sales continues without question.

    U.S. funding of war and aggressive actions are not limited to Ukraine as we see from recent visits and $1.8 Billion in weapons sales to Taiwan in violation of agreements with China, drone attacks in Somalia, and continued arming and funding of Israeli apartheid and Saudi aggression. These are the fascist priorities of an aggressor state vested in endless war; as Martin Luther King opined, the greatest purveyor of violence on the planet.

  5. All the while the American Govt is dumping Billions and billions into a war, that does not benefit us, the Russians and Chinese are making huge economic plans!!!

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