The Pentagon announced another arms shipment to Ukraine on Friday that is valued at around $400 million, bringing the total military assistance rolled out since February to over $7 billion.
Why it matters: The latest shipment includes higher-precision artillery ammunition as well as four advanced High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), which have allowed Ukraine to strike Russian military stockpiles and other targets behind the front lines.
- The new shipment will bring the total number of HIMARS — a mobile rocket launcher — inside Ukraine to 12.
- A senior defense official said the other eight systems are all operational, and that the pace of deliveries was dictated by the rate at which Ukrainian units are being trained to use the systems, which were not previously part of the Ukrainian arsenal.
- The U.S. is also sending three tactical vehicles, spare parts and other equipment. The official would not say what type of artillery ammunition was being provided, only that it would allow for more precise targeting than had previously been possible. Läs artikel