WASHINGTON — The Pentagon said it plans to provide Ukraine with $250 million in military assistance, another step in slowly boosting that nation’s capabilities to fend off Russian aggression.
The equipment is part of the U.S. strategy to help Ukraine following Russian adventurism in 2014, when Russian-backed forces invaded Ukraine and annexed the Crimean Peninsula.
“This reaffirms the long-standing defense relationship between the United States and Ukraine and will bring total U.S. security assistance to Ukraine to $1.5 billion since 2014,” the Pentagon said in a Tuesday night statement.
The assistance does not need Congressional approval.
The new equipment will help support increased maritime situational awareness and operations; defensive capacity and survivability of Ukraine’s Land and Special Operations Forces through the provision of sniper rifles, “rocket-propelled grenade launchers, and counter-artillery radars; command and control; electronic warfare detection and secure communications; military mobility; night vision; and, military medical treatment,” the Pentagon said.
“This security cooperation is made possible by Ukraine’s continued progress on the adoption of key defense institutional reforms to align Ukraine’s national security architecture with Euro-Atlantic principles,” the Pentagon statement said. “These reforms will bolster Ukraine’s ability to defend its territorial integrity in support of a secure, prosperous, democratic, and free Ukraine.”