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US Military Aid to Ukraine Tops $18 Billion – Pentagon

by | Oct 29, 2022

US Military Aid to Ukraine Tops $18 Billion – Pentagon

by | Oct 29, 2022

FILE PHOTO: A US airman prepares a weapons shipment bound for Ukraine at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, March 20, 2022. (Credit: US Air Force / Staff Sgt. Marco A. Gomez)

The United States government has provided more than $18.5 billion in direct military assistance to Ukraine so far in 2022, the Pentagon said in an updated fact sheet outlining American aid to Kiev. The vast majority of the weapons were authorized following Russia’s invasion last winter. 

The US military issued a document on Friday detailing the arms approved for Ukraine this year alone, noting that $17.9 billion of the total $18.5 billion in aid was green-lit after February 24, the day Moscow attacked its neighbor. 

Though the Defense Department suggested the list offered a complete accounting for all American weapons sent into Ukraine’s chaotic warzone, previous media reports have stated that some arms may be shipped in secret, including long-range missiles allegedly used to target sites in Crimea, according to former US special operators cited by Yahoo News. 

The Pentagon itself has acknowledged that it has omitted details about certain systems provided to Kiev, with one senior official telling reporters in August that Washington had already been sending high-speed anti-radiation missiles (HARMs) even before an official announcement. While officials did indirectly refer to the HARMs as “counter-radar capability” in earlier comments, the military did not disclose the particular platform until later.

“We do want to be careful about how we talk publicly about capabilities that will give Ukraine a significant asymmetric and unexpected advantage,” the senior official said at the time. “In this case, we have seen them using [the HARMs] successfully, so we are more comfortable discussing it, but we are not disclosing the specific numbers of missiles.”

According to the military’s latest fact sheet, in 2022 Washington has authorized or already provided more than 1,400 Stinger anti-aircraft systems, 8,500 tank-killing Javelins, 38,000 other anti-armor weapons, hundreds of vehicles – including 20 helicopters – and 64 million rounds of small-arms ammunition. It has also sent 38 long-range High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), hundreds of thousands of artillery shells and thousands of unmanned aerial vehicles of various makes.

See below for the Defense Department’s complete list of publicly announced weapons shipments to Kiev as of October 28, 2022.

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About Will Porter

Will Porter is assistant news editor at the Libertarian Institute and a staff writer at RT. Find more of his work at Antiwar.com and Consortium News.

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