US announces $500 mln in weapons for Ukraine, days after foiled Wagner rebellion

The top US diplomat said the package would “bolster Ukraine’s forces battlefield survivability, help them retake Ukraine’s sovereign territory, and defend their fellow citizens.”

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The US pledged half a billion dollars in weapons to Ukraine on Tuesday, just days after the Wagner mercenary group carried out a short-lived rebellion against Russia’s military.

The latest package will be the 41st drawdown of weapons and equipment from the Pentagon’s stockpiles.

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“This package, valued at up to $500 million, includes key capabilities to support Ukraine’s counteroffensive operations, strengthen its air defenses to help Ukraine protect its people, as well as additional armored vehicles, anti-armor systems, critical munitions, and other equipment to help Ukraine push back on Russia’s war of aggression,” the Pentagon said in a statement.

Washington will deliver more munitions for the Patriot air defense systems deployed inside Ukraine as well as more ammo for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS). Additional Stinger anti-aircraft systems and Javelin anti-armor systems were also pledged.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the package would “bolster Ukraine’s forces battlefield survivability, help them retake Ukraine’s sovereign territory, and defend their fellow citizens.”

Ukraine suffered heavy losses on the battlefield in recent weeks as Russian airstrikes destroyed Western-provided tanks and armored personnel carriers.

Tuesday’s package will include 30 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles and 25 Stryker Armored Personnel Carriers.

The full list of weapons and equipment includes:

  • Additional munitions for Patriot air defense systems;
  • Stinger anti-aircraft systems;
  • Additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS);
  • Demolitions munitions and systems for obstacle clearing;
  • Mine clearing equipment;
  • 155mm and 105mm artillery rounds;
  • 30 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles;
  • 25 Stryker Armored Personnel Carriers;
  • Tube-Launched, Optically-Tracked, Wire-Guided (TOW) missiles;
  • Javelin anti-armor systems;
  • AT-4 anti-armor systems;
  • Anti-armor rockets;
  • High-speed Anti-radiation missiles (HARMs);
  • Precision aerial munitions;
  • Small arms and over 22 million rounds of small arms ammunition and grenades;
  • Thermal imagery systems and night vision devices;
  • Testing and diagnostic equipment to support vehicle maintenance and repair;
  • Spare parts, generators, and other field equipment

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