As Ukraine appeared to be launching its long-awaited counter-offensive to drive Russia out of the nation, the United States on Friday unveiled a $2.1 billion military aid package for the country.
The cargo contained drones, laser-guided rocket system projectiles, artillery rounds, and missiles for Patriot air defense systems.
The additional weapons show “the continued commitment to both Ukraine’s critical near-term capabilities as well as the enduring capacity of Ukraine’s Armed Forces to defend its territory and deter Russian aggression over the long term,” according to a statement from the Pentagon.
Since early 2021, the United States has given Ukraine military aid worth $40.4 billion, the majority of it since Russia invaded the nation on February 24, 2022.
It arrived at a pivotal time in the conflict. In preparation for a potentially arduous land war to try to compel Russian troops to leave the sizable portions of southeast and southern Ukraine that they hold, Ukraine has been storing weapons and preparing its military.
In response to reports that Ukrainian forces have launched assaults at three crucial locations along the lengthy front, Russian President Vladimir Putin proclaimed the offensive to have started on Friday.