US airmen dealing with security assistance the US is providing to Ukraine 13082022 CREDIT US Department of Defence
This new package brings the total US military assistance to Ukraine to $18.3bn since the start of President Biden's administration, the Department of Defence said (Picture: US Department of Defence).
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US announce new $725m military assistance package for Ukraine

US airmen dealing with security assistance the US is providing to Ukraine 13082022 CREDIT US Department of Defence
This new package brings the total US military assistance to Ukraine to $18.3bn since the start of President Biden's administration, the Department of Defence said (Picture: US Department of Defence).

The United States has announced an additional $725m package of weapons and other military assistance is to be sent to Ukraine.

This announcement from Washington comes after aid announcements from European allies this week amid Russia's renewed missile attacks on Kyiv and other targets.

The US Department of Defense (DOD) said this package is to "meet Ukraine's critical security and defense needs" – this is the Biden Administration's 23rd drawdown of equipment from DOD inventories for Ukraine since August 2021. 

The US's new security assistance package includes: 

  • Additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS);
  • 23,000 155mm artillery rounds;
  • 500 precision-guided 155mm artillery rounds;
  • 5,000 155mm rounds of Remote Anti-Armor Mine (RAAM) Systems;
  • 5,000 anti-tank weapons;
  • High-speed anti-radiation missiles (HARMs);
  • More than 200 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs);
  • Small arms and more than 2,000,000 rounds of small arms ammunition;
  • Medical supplies.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement on Friday that the aid package comes "in the wake of Russia's brutal missile attacks on civilians across Ukraine", and "the mounting evidence of atrocities by Russia's forces".

As Ukrainian "defenders push back Russia's forces", the US stands united with Ukraine, Blinken added later in a tweet.

This announcement follows Secretary of Defense Austin's gathering of defence ministers of nearly 50 countries at the Ukraine Defense Contact Group in Brussels this week, at which leaders committed to providing additional security assistance.

Germany has recently delivered the first of four IRIS-T air-defence systems committed to Ukraine, which will help Ukraine better defend its civilians from Russian airstrikes.

They have also recently announced that they will deliver more MARS rocket systems and howitzers.

Spain announced it will provide four HAWK launchers to strengthen Ukraine's air defence.

Whilst Norway, Germany, and Denmark have invested in Slovakia's indigenous production of Howitzers.

In total, the US has now committed more than $18.2bn in security assistance to Ukraine since January 2021.

Since 2014, the United States has committed more than $20.3bn in security assistance to Ukraine and approximately $17.6bn since the beginning of Russia's invasion on 24 February.

Watch: UK sending world's most advanced air defence missile to support Ukraine.

The UK's contribution is the AIM-120 AMRAAMs – the most advanced medium-range air defence missile in the world.

Alongside the US-provided NASAMS, the weapons will help Ukraine protect its national infrastructure, with the announcement coming days after Russian missile strikes hit civilian targets across the country.

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace announced the donation of the weapons ahead of the meeting of NATO Defence Ministers and said Russia's latest strikes "warrant further support to those seeking to defend their nation".

"These weapons will help Ukraine defend its skies from attacks and strengthen their overall missile defence alongside the US NASAMS," he said.