The U.S. and allied countries have been sending weapons to Ukraine at a high speed, with a massive amount of arms having gotten to Ukraine since Russia invaded the country. But the window to get more weapons in is closing.
U.S. President Joe Biden approved a $350 billion security aid package for Ukraine after Russia invaded the country, and within 48 hours, the first shipment of weapons from the U.S. arrived at airfields near Ukraine’s border to transfer.
At a secret airfield in Eastern Europe near the Ukrainian border, a hub has formed for shipping weapons.
In less than a week, the U.S. and NATO allies pushed more than 17,000 antitank weapons over the borders of Poland and Romania into Ukraine, as well as 2,000 stinger anti-aircraft missiles.
The majority of the multi-billion dollar package has already been delivered. So far, $240 billion worth of arms has made its way to Ukraine. The remaining $110 billion should cross the border in days or within weeks, but not take any longer, according to U.S. officials. This is because Russian military forces have not yet targeted the arms supply lines, but experts fear that this will not last for long.
The former commander of U.S. Special Operations forces in Europe, Maj. Gen. Michael S Repass, said that the window is closing to do “easy stuff” to help Ukraine.
The U.S. and 13 other countries have sent security assistance to Ukraine. Some of these countries have rarely sent such substantial equipment ever before. The airport’s location is a secret in order to protect shipments of weapons. The US European Command (EUCOM) is at the center of the huge shipment operation, leasing with allies and partners to send materials into Ukraine. It is also coordinating with other countries, such as the United Kingdom, to ensure that resources are being used to the utmost efficiency.
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