Shipments from the Biden administration’s latest security assistance package to Ukraine “have begun arriving,” a White House official told CNN Saturday.
President Biden this week approved an additional package of $800 million worth of weapons, ammunition, and security assistance to Ukraine.
The US has, for the first time, agreed to provide Kyiv with the types of high-power capabilities some Biden administration officials a few short weeks ago viewed as too great of an escalation risk, including 11 Mi-17 helicopters; 18 155 mm Howitzer cannons[ and 300 more Switchblade drones.
On Friday, a senior defense official told CNN the first flight of weapons and equipment was expected to arrive in the region in the following 24 hours and would be picked up at the border by Ukrainians and taken into the country.
The official referred CNN to the US Department of Defense for more details.
The $800 million shipment brings the total amount of military assistance the US has provided to Ukraine to more than $3 billion.