US sending Ukraine one other $400M in army help as Russia slams power grid

The USA will ship Ukraine one other $400 million in army help meant to assist the nation defend itself towards Russia’s “relentless assaults” on its power infrastructure forward of winter, the Biden administration introduced Wednesday. 

The extra arms, munitions, air protection missiles and autos, to be pulled from Protection Division inventories, come as Ukraine is coping with a relentless aerial bombardment, with Russia trying to harm crucial infrastructure for main cities.  

“With Russia’s unrelenting and brutal missile and UAS [drone] assaults on Ukrainian crucial power infrastructure, extra air protection capabilities stay an pressing precedence,” the Pentagon mentioned in a launch.  

“The extra munitions for NASAMS [National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems] and heavy machine weapons will assist Ukraine counter these pressing threats.” 

Included within the package deal are extra munitions for NASAMS, 150 heavy machine weapons meant to take out Russian drones, ammunition for Excessive Mobility Artillery Rocket Methods, Excessive-speed Anti-radiation missiles, 200 precision-guided 155mm artillery rounds, 150 Excessive Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Automobiles, greater than 100 gentle tactical autos, greater than 200 mills, and rounds of mortar and small arms ammunition. 

The additional defenses are essential as Ukraine appears to be like to keep at bay missile and drone strikes forward of winter, with half of the nation’s power infrastructure broken or destroyed because of Russia’s invasion, in response to the World Well being Group’s Europe director, Hans Henri P. Kluge. 

Due to the battered power infrastructure, about 10 million individuals haven’t any entry to energy and a couple of million to three million Ukrainians will probably be displaced within the coming months because the climate grows colder, Kluge mentioned earlier this week. 

That is the Biden administration’s twenty sixth weapons drawdown since August 2021. The most recent tranche additionally marks a greater than $19 billion deadly help dedication to the previous Soviet state for the reason that begin of the invasion in February.  

“The artillery ammunition, precision fires, air protection missiles, and tactical autos that we’re offering will greatest serve Ukraine on the battlefield,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned in a separate State Division launch.  

“We’ll proceed to assist Ukraine for so long as it takes, so it could possibly proceed to defend itself and be within the strongest doable place on the negotiating desk when the time comes,” Blinken added.  

The deadly help package deal additionally comes lower than a month after the administration on Nov. 4 introduced an analogous $400 million army help tranche.