Dec 9, 2022 - World

U.S. announces $275 million in new military aid for Ukraine

Ukrainian soldiers from the 68th brigade adjust a mortar launcher at a position along the front line in Donetsk region on December 9, 2022.

Ukrainian soldiers adjust a mortar launcher on Dec. 9, 2022. Photo: Ihor Tkachov/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. has authorized a new $275 million aid package for Ukraine to address "critical security and defense needs," the Department of Defense said Friday.

Why it matters: The Biden administration has now sent $19.3 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the start of Russia's unprovoked invasion last February, according to the DOD announcement.

  • This is the 27th time the Biden administration has sent equipment to Ukraine since August 2021, the DOD said.

Zoom in: The new assistance package will offer Ukraine a chance "to boost its air defenses" and provide "critical equipment" amid the ongoing war.

  • The package includes ammunition for rocket systems, artillery rounds, counter-air defense capabilities, generators and field equipment, among other items.
  • This aid comes about a month after the Biden administration announced a separate $400 million military package.

What they're saying: "To meet Ukraine's evolving battlefield requirements, the United States will continue to work with its allies and partners to provide Ukraine with key capabilities," the Department of Defense said.

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