Speaking to CNN, unnamed White House officials said that the equipment promised as part of President Joe Biden‘s latest $800 million package “have begun arriving” in Ukraine.
Announcing the package on Wednesday, President Biden had said, “This new package of assistance will contain many of the highly effective weapons systems we have already provided and new capabilities tailored to the wider assault we expect Russia to launch in eastern Ukraine.”
The 79-year-old further announced that he had promised to send “artillery systems, artillery rounds, and armored personnel carriers,” as well as “additional helicopters” to Ukraine after speaking with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky on the phone.
While the US President did not provide specifics about the equipment to be sent to Ukraine, CNN reported that 11 Mi-17 helicopters, 18 155 mm Howitzers, and 300 Switchblade drones capable of carrying bombs would be included as part of Biden’s latest package for Ukraine.
The additional helicopters will be a massive boost to Ukraine, which has struggled to cope with Russia’s air power, while the Howitzers will provide the defending forces with much needed long range artillery capabilities. The Switchblade drones, meanwhile, will offer Ukraine the option carrying out bomb strikes against Russian targets without risking human lives.
Biden’s latest $800 million package, which will undoubtedly help Ukrainian forces take the fight to Russia, took the total amount of military assistance provided by the US to Kyiv to a whopping $3 billion since the war began on February 24.