On October 22, Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense announced that the US Government has provided the third batch of additional international security assistance worth $60 million for the needs of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Recalling that the previous two cargo shipments arrived on October 10 and 18, the Ministry stated that the latest supplies included ammunition, FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missiles produced by a joint venture between Raytheon and Lockheed Martin, high-precision weapons, and medical equipment.
The Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Oleksandr Nosov, the Commander of the Medical Forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Brigadier General Tetyana Ostashchenko, the Head of the Main Logistics Department of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Mykola Shevtsov, and the US Embassy Army and Defense Attaché Colonel Brittany Stewart all attended the delivery admittance ceremony at Boryspil International Airport in Kiev.
Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Oleksandr Nosov expressed his gratitude to the American side for the provided technical means, which greatly boosted the Armed Forces of Ukraine’s capabilities in matters of national defense against the Russian Federation’s armed aggression. U.S. Defense Attaché Stewart emphasized that the United States fully supports Ukraine in defending its sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russian aggression. “The United States is assisting Ukraine in developing its Armed Forces, which includes logistical assistance and training from the tactical to the strategic level,” said US Defense Attaché Stewart. “We want to see Ukraine as a free and peaceful country on its way to NATO.”
Lieutenant General Mykola Shevtsov, Chief of the Main Logistics Department of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, stated that the military and technical assistance provided includes ammunition for the Ukrainian army. “A consignment of Javelin anti-tank missile systems with ammunition arrived today. We also received ammunition for the ‘NATO caliber’ weapons we have. The weaponry will be moved to the bases and depots, properly registered and handed over to our military for further use, including to the Joint Forces,” Shevtsov added.
The $60 million in international security assistance provided by the United States was in addition to the $250 million previously agreed upon. The US has consistently stated that it will do whatever possible to boost the defense capabilities of Ukraine for it to defend its territorial integrity. The fact that the US has given the Ukrainian army almost $2.5 billion in support since 2014 demonstrates this.