November 26, 2022

The US is sending another $400m (£330m) batch of ammunition and generators to Ukraine, the White House announced on Wednesday.

The US is pulling equipment from its own stockpiles to get support for Kyiv as quickly as possible as Russia continues to target Ukraine’s energy supplies and winter sets in.

Including the latest aid, the US has pledged more than $19 billion (£15.7 billion) in weapons and other equipment to Ukraine since Russia attacked on February 24.

The new aid package will be delivered through the president’s withdrawal authority, which allows the Pentagon to take weapons from its own stockpile and quickly ship them to Ukraine.

The latest package includes 200 generators and an undisclosed amount of additional rounds for both the Nasams (National Advanced Surface-to-Air Rocket System) and Himars (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) weapons that the US has shipped to Ukraine.

It also includes 150 heavy machine guns with thermal sights to shoot down drones, 10,000 rounds of 120mm mortar rounds and another 20 million rounds of small arms ammunition, the Pentagon said.

Now in its ninth month, intense fighting in Ukraine has seen both sides fire thousands of rounds of ammunition a day, from small arms bullets to truck-sized cruise missiles.

In a sign of how intense the ground battle has been, the US has so far delivered 104 million rounds of small arms ammunition to Ukraine.

“With Russia’s relentless and brutal missile and (drone) attacks on critical Ukrainian energy infrastructure, additional air defense capabilities remain an urgent priority,” the Pentagon said in a statement.

“Additional munitions for Nasam and heavy machine guns will help Ukraine counter these urgent threats.”

The continued push of arms to Kyiv, however, raises questions about how long the US and partner nations can continue to sustain the fight without an impact on military readiness.

Many European nations have already said they have sent all the surplus weaponry they can afford to send.

Last week, the Pentagon’s top arms buyer, Bill LaPlante, traveled to Brussels to meet with 45 partner nations to discuss some of Ukraine’s top priorities, including more air defense systems and long-range weapons .

They discussed coordinating efforts to maintain the flow of weapons by identifying the capabilities of their individual defense industrial bases as well as the supply chain and production constraints they face, the Pentagon said in a statement.

The arms flow comes as the Biden administration tries to push $37bn (£30.6bn) in military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine during the post-election session of Congress, before Republicans take control of the House in January.

Some Republicans, including potential speaker Kevin McCarthy, have questioned the amount of money spent on Ukraine.

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