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What does Ukraine get in Biden’s new billion-dollar aid package?

The $40 billion aid package for Ukraine that Congress approved last month, the sixth such aid package approved since the start of the Russian-Ukrainian war, appears to have been insufficient. The Biden administration is now Sending in progress another billion dollars in military aid to Ukraine.

What’s in the $1 billion package?

The new aid program will include artillery, munitions, coastal defense weapons and advanced rocket systems.

Specifically, the package will include two Harpoon anti-ship missile systems, 18 M777 howitzers, the tactical vehicles needed to tow the howitzers and 36,000 rounds of 155 millimeters.

While the United States has already supplied the Ukrainians with howitzers and ammunition, this is the first Harpoon anti-ship missile system donation. The Harpoon is an all-weather over-the-horizon missile, courtesy of McDonnell Douglas. The Harpoon relies on active radar guidance and flies very low, just above the water, in order to evade enemy detection. Ukraine wanted more Harpoon systems – and it has already received some from Denmark – in order to counter attacks from the Russian Black Sea Fleet. So the Biden administration obliged.

In addition to the billion-dollar security package, the United States will send an additional $225 million to provide Ukrainians suffering from the Russian assault with clean water, medical supplies, food, shelter, health care and money. The aid package comes directly after last month’s $40 billion aid package.

In May, Congress past the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI). The massive bill included $19 billion for “short-term” aid that included training, weapons, equipment, supplies, services and logistical support. The bill also included $4 billion for the Foreign Military Financing Program (FMFP), which allowed Ukraine to be funded for new weapons by the United States. also included $4 billion to fund the US military response; $500 million for critical munitions; $16 billion for humanitarian aid; and billions more for other related causes.

What was pretty clearly implied in the USAI, Biden stated explicitly last Wednesday when he spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Biden vowed to ‘stand with Ukraine as it defends its democracy and uphold its sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of unprovoked Russian aggression’, POLITICO reported.

US and other allied support is keeping Ukraine afloat as Russian forces persist, steadily advancing in the Donbass region. The Ukrainians, recognizing how essential American support is, have calibrated their rhetoric to garner more support. Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar said POLITICS that “Ukraine can only fire 5,000 to 6,000 artillery shells a day – which means that the 36,000 shells that the United States is sending in its last tranche of assistance will last about a week in Kyiv. The Russia, meanwhile, fires almost twice as much in a single day. Maliar continued: “There is not a single area in Ukraine that is safe today. There is not a single area that was not hit by rocket fire… Ukraine is outnumbered and 10 to one on the battlefield… If Ukraine does not receive weapons, heavy weapons, air defense and missile defense today, then we will not be able to survive this war. This shows the imbalance of power. It is clear how many weapons Ukraine needs to enter parity and win this war.

Ask and you shall receive

What remains unclear is whether the United States is providing support to the Ukrainians with the aim of defeating Russia or prolonging the conflict and weakening Russia by wear – a process that would of course prolong Ukrainian suffering. Furthermore, the US decision to support the Ukrainian resistance/prolong the conflict was made despite the economic offshoots – offshoots now degrading America quality of life. This week’s latest aid package confirms that the pursuit of peace is not a priority and that the war – and its ramifications – will continue indefinitely with US support.

Harrison Kass is the senior defense writer at 19FortyFive. A lawyer, pilot, guitarist and minor professional hockey player, he joined the US Air Force as a trainee pilot, but was discharged for medical reasons. Harrison is a graduate of Lake Forest College, the University of Oregon, and New York University. He lives in Oregon and listens to Dokken.