The United States authorized an additional $100 million for anti-armor systems to Ukraine, the Biden administration announced on Tuesday.
The additional shipment will be released to meet an urgent demand from Ukraine for the Javelin anti-tank missiles, which are among the weapons that have proven most effective against Russian forces.
Shipped quickly: President Joe Biden authorized the drawdown of the Javelin anti-armor weapons from US inventories, meaning the weapons will be pulled from existing Defense Department stocks and can be shipped to Ukraine quickly.
Billions in assistance: This latest shipment means the US has now authorized more than $2.4 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of the Biden administration, including more than $1.7 billion since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24.
“The world has been shocked and appalled by the atrocities committed by Russia’s forces in Bucha and across Ukraine,” said Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a statement announcing the decision.
“Ukraine’s forces bravely continue to defend their country and their freedom, and the United States, along with our Allies and partners, stand steadfast in support of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
Further US support: On Friday, the US announced that it will provide another $300 million in security assistance to Ukraine, including Switchblade suicide drones, night-vision equipment and anti-drone systems. But that package, which fell under the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, has to be procured from defense contractors.