Vladimir Putin has been dealt a crushing blow after the United States confirmed a defence package worth the equivalent of £820million which will see Ukraine supplied with more HIMARS missiles and other hi-tech weapons.
The High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) has been credited with stopping Russia in its tracks, with retired US Army General Mark Hertling last month describing the missile system as a “game changer”.
The $1billon US package also includes 75,000 rounds of 155mm artillery ammunition, a total of 20 120mm mortar systems, 20,000 rounds of 120mm mortar ammunition, munitions for various surface-to-air missile systems.
Also included are 1,000 Javelin and several hundred AT4 anti-armour systems, Claymore anti-personnel munitions, 50 armoured medical treatment vehicles, C-4 explosives plus medical supplies.
In addition to the military aid, the US is sending £3.7billion ($4.5billion) in budgetary support which will fund urgent government needs including payments for pensions, social welfare and healthcare costs, bringing total US fiscal aid for Ukraine to £7billion ($8.5billion) since Russia’s February invasion, the US Agency for International Development said.
The funding, coordinated with the US Treasury Department through the World Bank, will go to the Ukraine government in tranches, beginning with a £2.5billion ($3billion) disbursement in August, USAID said.