Weapons Package For Ukraine Approved By U.S.
The newly approved weapons package for Ukraine comprises 15 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles and 10 Stryker armored personnel carriers, which will bolster Ukraine’s military capabilities according to CBS News.
This latest allocation follows the previous commitment by the U.S. to provide Ukraine with 109 Bradleys and 90 Strykers. Ahead of the counteroffensive, Ukrainian forces received training on the utilization of these fighting vehicles in Germany as part of combined arms maneuver training.
In the initial days of the counteroffensive, there have been indications that some of the military equipment provided by the U.S. has been destroyed. Open-source images suggest damage to the equipment, although U.S. officials have not confirmed the authenticity of the images. It is anticipated that as Ukrainian forces engage with Russian defensive lines, some equipment damage is to be expected.
In addition to training on the operation of the equipment, Ukrainian soldiers have also received instructions on maintenance and repair over the past few months. This training has aimed to enable them to source spare parts, empowering the Ukrainians to repair their equipment independently or with the assistance of tele-maintenance support from the United States.
Both sides involved in the counteroffensive have experienced losses, but the Ukrainians have made progress in retaking villages from Russian forces.
Weapons Package For Ukraine
In addition to the armored vehicles, the weapons package for Ukraine approved on Tuesday includes an assortment of munitions. These include provisions for the National Advanced Surface to Air Missiles (NASAMs), Stingers, Javelins, 155mm, and 105mm artillery rounds, as well as over 22 million rounds of small arms ammunition.
This marks the 40th instance in which the Biden administration has drawn down equipment from the current Defense Department stockpiles since August 2021. The continued support from the United States aims to enhance Ukraine’s defensive capabilities and aid in its efforts to counter Russian aggression.