Karine Jean-Pierre, White House Press Secretary and John Kirby, National Security Council Strategic Communications Coordinator answer questions from reporters at the White House, June 21, 2022 The United States will send Ukraine a new batch of $450 million in military assistanceThe United States is sending a new batch of military aid to Ukraine. John Kirby, the National Security Council's strategic communications coordinator, said Thursday afternoon that the new $450 million aid package includes additional missile systems for use against Russian occupiers.
According to a US Department of Defense press release, The package includes four highly mobile artillery systems, 36,000 105mm rounds, 18 army combat vehicles, 1,200 grenade launchers, 2,000 machine guns, 18 patrol boats, as well as spare parts and other equipment.
The US High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) is of particular importance to the Armed Forces of Ukraine fighting the Russian forces advancing in eastern Ukraine, with a significant advantage in heavy artillery.
The first four systems HIMARS have already been delivered to Ukraine, which marked the beginning of the training program necessary for Ukrainian soldiers to work with modern and high-precision weapons.
U.S. multiple launch rocket systems arrive in Ukraine
According to Kirby, given the latest deliveries, the contribution U.S. defense of Ukraine will amount to $6.1 billion.
Secretary Anthony Blinken on Thursday authorized the transfer of the 13th security assistance package to Ukraine, the State Department said today.
“The steady stream of security assistance from the United States and a coalition of more than 40 allies and partners continues to bolster Ukraine’s defenses, improve its ability to defend its sovereign territory and secure hard-won victories on the battlefield,” the Secretary of State said in a statement. – We have increased the ability of NATO to deter and defend itself against any aggression from Russia on the eastern flank. And we will continue to provide significant defense assistance to Ukraine's brave defenders.”
The United States welcomes Turkey's help in moving Ukrainian grain out of the country
Speaking At a briefing at the White House, Kirby also said that the United States welcomes Turkey's participation in the conclusion of an agreement on the export of grain from Ukraine. The US is working with allies and partners to get some of the grain from Ukraine whose exports have been blocked by the Russian invasion, according to a White House spokesman.
“We certainly welcome Turkey's involvement in trying to negotiate an agreement to allow the shipment of grain,” said John Kirby.