On Friday, the Department of Defense announced that the United States would support Ukraine with $300 million in extra military aid, The Hill reports.
The department said in a news statement that it has informed Congress of “further support efforts under authorization given under the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI).”
The funds will be used to strengthen Ukraine’s fortifications against Russia’s assault, which has lasted more than a month.
Tactical encrypted communications systems, a counter-unmanned aerial system, non-standard machine guns, and other defense equipment are part of this package.
Since the war began, the United States has provided Ukraine with over $2.3 billion in military aid.
The money arrived on the same day that a US official informed The New York Times that the US will aid allies in supplying Ukraine with Soviet-made tanks, responding to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s demand.
The official, who asked to remain anonymous to the publication, did not provide a particular date for when the tanks would be transported but indicated it will happen anytime soon.
So far, the US has supported Ukraine with military and humanitarian aid, as well as imposing crippling economic penalties on Russian organizations and officials with strong links to the Kremlin.
Furthermore, in early March, Congress enacted a large measure to support the government, which included a $13.6 billion package to Ukraine.
The Biden administration and other western governments, on the other hand, have refused to approve Zelensky’s request for a no-fly zone to defend the nation’s airspace.
President Biden has stated that the United States will not impose a no-fly zone in order to avoid a direct confrontation with Russia, a nuclear power.
NATO countries have avoided becoming directly engaged in the conflict, but have pledged to respond if Russia attacks any of the alliance’s members.