After meeting in Brussels with defense officials from Ukraine and other countries that support Ukraine’s fight against Russia’s invasion, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin outlined an additional $1 billion in U.S. assistance that was announced on Wednesday by President Biden.
LLOYD AUSTIN: And I'm especially pleased to be able to announce today that the United States will provide an additional $1 billion security assistant package for Ukraine. And that includes our 12th drawdown from DOD inventory since August of 2021. And it includes guided MLRS munitions, 18 more M777 Howitzers and the tactical vehicles to tow them, and 36,000 rounds of 155 millimeter ammunition.
This package also includes $650 million in Ukraine security assistance initiative funds. And that will help Ukraine defend itself with two additional harpoon coastal defense systems and thousands of secure radios and night vision devices and thermal sites and other optics.