The latest U.S. military aid package to Kyiv did not include big-ticket items, such as the Abrams tank and F-16 Raptor jets, but announced plans to hand over massive amounts of ammunition for Ukraine to fire at the Russian invaders. It includes everything from machine gun ammunition to artillery shells to multi-million dollar anti-aircraft missiles to precision-guided munitions.
A total of $2.6 billion worth of arms and security support will soon be heading Ukraine’s way, as detailed in the Apr. 4 Department of Defense official announcment. This will exceed the previous record one-month transfer with a value of $2.5 billion, that was set in January.
In a clear Washington acknowlegment that, if one hands over a weapons system to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, it’s advisable to get the ammunition for it where it’s needed, before it’s needed. At the head of the list being supplied are “additional munitions for Patriot air defense systems.”
U.S. President Joe Biden announced in December that Ukraine would soon get a Patriot missile battery and the training for its Ukrainian crews. The weapon is America’s top-end anti-aircraft missile and costs about $700 million for 4 missiles shot. In late March Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he was hoping the Patriots would reach Ukraine “soon…(because) we need them.”
The April 2023 Departement of Defense announcement marked the first time Pentagon planners, since Russia invaded Ukraine in Feb. 2022, formally announced the dispatch of replacement ammunition for a major US weapons system sent to Ukraine, before the weapon was declared to be in the field, KyivPost research shows.
Forward-thinking US logistical planning was also visible with the inclusion of 105mm and 120mm tank ammunition. Currently, Ukraine operates a reported 28 former Slovenian army tanks armed with 105mm guns and will soon operate 50-60 German-made Leopard 2 tanks armed with 120mm guns; neither tank is currently in combat.
However, the bulk of the April ammunition shipment will resupply the modern U.S.systems that Ukraine has found to be so effective that they regularly run short of ammunition. Ukrainian personnel have particular praise for America’s NASAMS anti-aircraft missiles and precision-guided rockets for the HIMARS and M270 long-range artillery systems as being deadly effective against Russian forces.
Along with (unspecified numbers) of more high-tech missiles, the transfer also includes the transfer of additional 155mm artillery shells, the backbone munition for the AFU fight. Ukrainian artillery gunners have repeatedly complained that their drones always have more targets than army logistics is able to to supply.
The Ukrainian infantry, likewise, will receive increased firepower with resupplies of Javelin and TOW anti-armor missiles, mortar rounds in every caliber U.S. factories produce (60mm, 81mm and 120mm), plus 23 million rounds of small arms ammunition.
Once a country considered an east European backwater by Washington, Ukraine has become far and away the top recipient of U.S. foreign aid. It’s the first time that a European country has held the top spot since the Harry S. Truman administration directed vast sums into rebuilding the continent through the Marshall Plan after World War II, as the American Committee for Foreign Relations (CFR) noted in a recent report. Currently, Ukraine is receiving fourteen times more military aid from the U.S. than Israel, the next-largest of Washington’s arms transfer recipients.
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Mmmh, the Ukraine remains an "east European backwater" & will unfortunately remain so for a long time after the end of the current conflict. The recent supply of US "guns & ammo" changes nothing to this fact.
This European is very grateful that the USA is supplying Ukraine so generously, and is very frustrated that the European nations have dragged their feet so much.
I am so ashamed of our illegitimate President Joe BRIBEn and the feckless coward woke General Milley who are afraid of giving Ukraine the long distance ATACMS and other long range missiles. In effect they are giving Russian sanctuary in The Crimea. What fools we have for leaders here in America.
@Jack Griffin, again, trumpass is a fraud, impeached twice, and now appearing in court
only ruling autocrats, dicktators, despots etc. can rig an election, not oppositionparties
the Democrats were a oppositionparty
trumpass and his cronies at the kriminalin in moscow rigged the elections completely hopelessly wrong
@All The Presidents Men, Know what's funny about your type? You are shamelessly stupid. Go look up the "Dunning-Kruger effect". You don't possess a principled bone in your spineless body.
@All The Presidents Men, I just have to come back to say you are a jack ash nut case. You can't refute the substance of my post that Ukraine should be supplied with the long range accurate missiles that will prevent Russia from any sanctuary upon Ukrainian soil.
Folks like yourself are severely, terminally mentally insane. Your type are taking over and destroying America.
@Jack Griffin, stick to the matter and dont wallow your self over and over again in a lost election, honestly lost election, just wollaw over the just cause of atacms and that's all
trumpars together with the cow from mos just rigged the system not good this time
it is trumpars who wants to destroy USA as he is working ass agent orange for the imperialists in the sunken moskva
@how's the weather in moscovy today, "JACK GRIFFIN"?.. lol, LOL, LOL, LOL