US to provide Ukraine with $1 billion in weapons aid

US to provide Ukraine with $1 billion in weapons aid

On Aug 5, 2022, a local resident pushes her bicycle through damaged buildings in Toretsk, eastern Ukraine. The administration of US President Joe Biden has announced Monday that the United States will provide Ukraine with $1 billion in additional security assistance, the largest one-time weapons package since the beginning of the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

The package, the 18th tranche of presidential drawdown since August 2021, included additional munitions for High Mobility Artillery Rocket System HIMARS 75,000 rounds of 155 mm artillery ammunition, 20,000 rounds of 120 mm mortar ammunition, and 50 armored medical treatment vehicles, anti-personnel munitions, explosives, demolition munitions and demolition equipment, as well as hundreds of AT 4 munitions, according to a statement from the Department of Defense.

Since Biden took office, the Pentagon has said that the total US commitment to security assistance to Ukraine has been brought to an end, with just-announced aid coming from the just-announced aid.

Ukraine is hoping for Germany's help in receiving 8 billion euro about US $8.17 billion in aid from the European Union EU's Ukrainian prime minister Denys Shmyhal on Monday.

Since the beginning of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, Germany has provided significant financial aid for Kiev, Shmyhal said, without giving exact figures.

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Kiev is relying on Germany's support in the efforts to postpone Ukraine's foreign debt payments and launch a new cooperation program with the International Monetary Fund IMF, the Ukrainian prime minister said.

The European Commission announced on June 24 that it plans to issue up to 9 billion euros in loans to Ukraine under a new special Macro-Financial Assistance MFA program.

Ukraine received 1 billion euros of aid in two tranches in early August.