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Drones, Ammo, Javelins: Pentagon Releases List of Items on Way to Ukraine

Newsweek 4/14/2022 Patricia McKnight

The U.S Department of Defense (DOD) has responded to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's call to action by providing an additional $800 million in aid as the country continues to fight Russia's invasion.

Earlier in the week, Zelensky stressed that his military doesn't have enough weapons and armored vehicles to end the war with Moscow, calling on ally countries for enforcements. On Thursday, the DOD announced that a security assistance package is being shipped to Ukraine in response to Zelensky's plea.

"Unfortunately, we are not getting as much as we need to end this war sooner, to completely destroy the enemy on our land and to fulfill the tasks that are obvious to each of us," Zelensky said. "In particular, to unblock Mariupol."

Zelensky urged allies to send artillery sooner rather than later, citing that citizen lives are being lost.

"I am sure that we will get almost everything we need. But not only time is being lost," Zelensky said. "The lives of Ukrainians are being lost. Lives that can no longer be returned."

The DOD released a lengthy list of security assistance being shipped to Ukraine, including: 40,000 artillery rounds, 500 Javelin missiles, 100 armored multipurpose vehicles and 11 helicopters.

Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby also announced medical supplies and chemical, biological and nuclear protective equipment will be sent following reports of Russia possibly using chemical weapons in Mariupol.

Kirby said the outgoing aid is "tailored to meet urgent Ukrainian needs for today's fight as Russian forces shift the focus of their ruthless aggression to eastern Ukraine."

He noted that this is the seventh drawdown of military equipment from the DOD inventory for Ukraine since August 2021.

In total, the U.S. has committed more than $3.2 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since President Joe Biden took office. That figure includes approximately $2.6 billion of aid since Russia's invasion began on February 24.

The Biden administration's military package to Zelensky comes two days after Biden called Russia's invasion of Ukraine a "genocide."

Biden said it is clear that Russian President Vladimir Putin intends to "wipe out" the Ukrainian people, reiterating his past comments about the Kremlin committing war crimes.

The White House has since stressed its continued support following Biden's comments.

"Our objective now, as is evidenced by the enormous package of military assistance we put out today, is continue to help and assist the Ukrainians in this war and—one where we see atrocities happening every single day," said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.

Newsweek reached out to the Ukrainian Embassy for comment.

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