Attributed to Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby:
Today, May 6, the Department of Defense (DoD) announces the authorization of a Presidential Drawdown of security assistance valued at up to an additional $150 million. This authorization is the ninth drawdown of equipment from DoD inventories for Ukraine since August 2021.
Capabilities in this package are tailored to meet critical Ukrainian needs for today’s fight as Russian forces continue their offensive in eastern Ukraine. The package includes:
- (25,000) 155mm artillery rounds;
- (3) AN/TPQ-36 counter-artillery radars; and
- Electronic jamming equipment; and
- Field equipment and spare parts
The United States will continue to use its available tools to help Ukraine defend itself. The United States has now committed approximately $4.5 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of the Biden Administration, including approximately $3.8 billion since the beginning of Russia’s unprovoked invasion on February 24. Since 2014, the United States has committed more than $6.5 billion in security assistance to Ukraine.
The United States also continues to work with its Allies and partners to identify and provide Ukraine with additional capabilities to defend itself.