The United States has sent more than 3 million weapons of various categories to the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU). This was announced on Monday, August 28, by Deputy head of the Pentagon Kathleen Hicks.
"Over the past 18 months, we have sent Ukraine more than 3.1 million rockets, rockets, mortars and artillery pieces — and these are only four categories of ammunition. We have sent much more — more than $ 43 million in military aid," the website of the US Department of Defense quotes her as saying.
According to Hicks, the US authorities also helped Ukraine gain access to commercial technology opportunities that affected the situation on the battlefield. As an example, she cited the satellite Internet Starlink.
The deputy head of the Pentagon also noted that the White House has requested an additional $21 billion from Congress for Ukraine, of which $13 billion will be allocated for the supply of weapons and ammunition.
Earlier, on August 1, it became known that the Pentagon allocated almost $10 billion for new orders for US defense contractors to replace weapons and equipment sent as aid to Ukraine. Congress has also allocated $18.6 billion to meet Ukraine's long-term defense needs.
Before that, on July 25, the Pentagon announced a new package of military assistance to Ukraine for $ 400 million. It was reported that the list of transferred weapons will include shells for Patriot and NASAMS anti-aircraft missile systems (SAMs), HIMARS multiple launch rocket system, portable Stinger anti-aircraft missile systems and artillery ammunition of various calibers. The United States will also transfer 32 Stryker armored personnel carriers, Hornet drones, Hydra-70 unguided aircraft missiles, Javelin anti-tank complexes, night vision devices, spare parts, thermal imagers and small arms cartridges.
Western countries have increased military and financial support for Kiev against the background of the Russian Federation's special operation to protect Donbass, which has been held since February 24, 2022. The corresponding decision was made in connection with the aggravation of the situation in the region due to attacks by Ukrainian militants.