Washington (US), May 20: US President Joe Biden on Thursday authorised another USD 100 million in security assistance to Ukraine, after the passage of the USD 40 billion Ukraine aid bill by Congress, the US Department of Defence informed.
Pentagon Press Secretary John F Kirby, in a press statement, said that the aid package includes 18 155 mm howitzers, 18 tactical vehicles to tow those howitzers, and three AN/TPQ-36 counter-artillery radars and additional field equipment and spare parts.
"That stuff will start to flow very, very soon," he said, adding, "I cannot give you an exact date of when it's all going to show up in Ukraine, but you can imagine having seen us do this in the past that we're not going to sit on our hands. We'll start flowing that stuff immediately."
Kirby further added that the US has provided nearly USD 4 billion in security assistance to Ukraine, since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24, this year.
The release also mentioned that prior to the most current presidential drawdown package, the US provided 90 155 mm howitzers to Ukraine, over 200,000 artillery rounds, more than 1,400 Stinger anti-aircraft systems, over 5,000 Javelin anti-armour systems and over 700 Switchblade tactical unmanned aerial systems.
Kirby went on to say that the US is not the only nation sending help to Ukraine and that the US would continue to cooperate with allies and partners to equip the Ukrainians with what they need to protect their national sovereignty.
Further, referring to the shortage of infant food caused by supply chain bottlenecks, Kirby stated, "While parents struggle with a nationwide shortage of infant formula, US Transportation Command is working with the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Food and Drug Administration to support "Operation Fly Formula."