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High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) being demonstrated during a Latvian-led field artillery live fire exercise this month (Picture: US Department of Defense).
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US announces new $1.1bn military aid package for Ukraine including HIMARS

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High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) being demonstrated during a Latvian-led field artillery live fire exercise this month (Picture: US Department of Defense).

The US is set to provide an additional $1.1bn in aid to Ukraine – including funding for 18 more HIMARS advanced rocket systems and other weapons to counter Russian drones, the Biden administration has announced.

This latest package is being provided under the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, which funds contracts to purchase weapons and equipment.

And it brings the total of US aid to Ukraine to nearly $17bn since the Biden administration took office.

Included in the package

The US Department of Defense (DOD) said: "This announcement represents the beginning of a contracting process to provide additional priority capabilities to Ukraine in the mid-and long-term." 

According to the press statement, the US is providing the following:

  • 18 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) and associated ammunition;
  • 150 Armored High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs);
  • 150 Tactical Vehicles to tow weapons;
  • 40 trucks and 80 trailers to transport heavy equipment;
  • Two radars for Unmanned Aerial Systems;
  • 20 multi-mission radars;
  • Counter-Unmanned Aerial Systems;
  • Tactical secure communications systems, surveillance systems, and optics;
  • Explosive ordnance disposal equipment;
  • Body armour and other field equipment;
  • Funding for training, maintenance, and sustainment.

At the start of the month, the US revealed additional military aid of more than $2bn for Ukraine and other European countries threatened by Russia.

This latest aid announcement comes as Russia moves to annex parts of Russian-occupied Ukraine that held Kremlin-orchestrated referendums on living under Moscow's rule.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had urged Ukrainians in occupied regions to undermine the referendums and to share information about the people conducting "this farce".

Satellite pictures recently revealed 10 miles of vehicles queuing at the Russian border with Georgia, with Russians reportedly trying to flee Putin's military call-up.

Watch: Satellite images show large numbers of Russians fleeing to Georgia.

Russian media reports are suggesting that Russia might soon close its borders to men of fighting age.

Fifty-four fires have been started at military recruitment centres in Russia since the start of the invasion of Ukraine, according to reports.

Western officials told Forces News they had tracked an increasing amount in recent days, saying that 17 of them were between 21 and 25 September following the announcement by Russian President Vladimir Putin to call up thousands of extra troops to fight in Ukraine. 

Three hundred thousand reservists were called up by Russia, as part of a partial mobilisation, as the war in Ukraine continued – a decision described as a "huge mistake".