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Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the newest military aid package to Ukraine worth a total of $3.75 billion on Friday afternoon. President Joe Biden disclosed a day earlier that the package would include Bradley Fighting Vehicles, marking the first time the United States would provide such assets.
"This $2.85 billion drawdown will provide Ukraine with Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, artillery systems, armored personnel carriers, surface to air missiles, ammunition, and other items to support Ukraine as it bravely defends its people, its sovereignty, and its territorial integrity," the secretary said in a statement. The U. S. also provided an additional $907 million under the Foreign Military Financing under the Additional Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act.
The package included 50 of the Bradley infantry fighting vehicles with 500 TOW anti-tank missiles and 250,000 round of 25mm ammunition, among other aid, the Pentagon announced. The package also provides Ukraine with 55 mine resistant ambush protected vehicles, 138 high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles, 18 155mm self-propelled Howitzers, and 18 ammunition support vehicles.
"As President Biden said yesterday, the war in Ukraine is at a critical point right now, and we have to do everything we can to help the Ukrainians continue to resist Russian aggression," Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia Laura Cooper said during a Friday briefing. "Today's announcement, the largest security assistance package and total value that we have committed so far, reflects our enduring commitment to support Ukraine."
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