The US will send Ukraine $350million (£250million) in weapons and equipment, the State Department announced on Monday. The latest package of aid includes a large amount of various types of ammunition, such as rockets for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, and an undisclosed number of fuel tanker trucks and riverine boats. It comes as fierce battles with Russian forces continue for control of the city of Bakhmut, and troops prepare for an expected spring offensive.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in a statement, said the package also provides more ammunition for howitzers, Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles, high-speed anti-radiation (HARM) missiles and anti-tank weapons.
The American weapons will be taken from Pentagon stocks through the presidential drawdown authority, so it will be able to be delivered quickly to the warfront.
The timing of the announcement is significant.
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Deliveries to Ukraine have started to ramp up ahead of an expected spring offensive against Russian-controlled territories.
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