U.S. Bolsters Ukraine Defense with a $2.1 Billion Security Assistance Package
Tuesday June 13, 2023
Catch up quickly: The Defense Department announced an additional security assistance package worth up to $2.1 billion for Ukraine, intensifying U.S. efforts to bolster Ukraine’s defense against Russia’s ongoing aggression, according to the U.S. Department of Defense Newsroom.
The big picture: The package includes additional munitions for Patriot and HAWK air defense systems, artillery rounds, and other items. This new aid reaffirms the U.S.’s unwavering commitment to Ukraine’s near- and long-term defense capabilities and deterrence of Russia.
By the numbers: The U.S. has provided over $39.7 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since Russia initiated its invasion in February 2022.
Zoom in: The latest assistance was sanctioned under the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, which facilitates the procurement of capabilities from industry and partners. The U.S. continues to use its authority to draw from current DOD stocks to arm Ukraine.
What we’re hearing: DOD Press Secretary Air Force Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder confirmed the U.S.’s determination to support Ukraine’s defense efforts and regain its sovereign territory from Russian forces.
What’s next: Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark A. Milley are set to host a meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group on June 15 in Brussels.
The backstory: The Biden administration has continually backed Ukraine against Russia’s assault, rallying support from over 50 countries through the Ukraine Defense Contact Group.
The Amulus angle: The current instability in Ukraine underlines the relevance of Amulus’s Robus Safe Haven for defense leaders and troops deployed in combat zones. Offering unparalleled protection and communication capabilities, Robus Safe Haven units can ensure the safety of personnel and assets amidst conflict, providing a critical solution in high-threat jurisdictions like Ukraine.