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State Department Announces $700M in Additional Military Aid to Ukraine; Antony Blinken Quoted

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The Department of State has authorized $700 million in additional military support for Ukraine as the Eastern European country continues to counter Russia’s invading forces. 

The latest package marks the 11th drawdown of military equipment from the Department of Defense’s inventories in support of Ukraine’s defense and brings the total U.S. security assistance to the country to about $4.6 billion since the start of Russia’s invasion in February, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, a previous Wash100 Award winner, said in a statement published Wednesday.

Military capabilities in the security assistance package include High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems and ammunition; counter-artillery radars; air surveillance radars; Mi-17 helicopters; Javelins and command launch units; tactical vehicles; and anti-armor weapons.

Blinken said the package is part of new funding worth more than $40 billion that was authorized through the Additional Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2022, which was signed into law on May 21.

U.S. military assistance will strengthen Ukraine’s position to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity, secure victories on the battlefield, and ultimately strengthen Ukraine’s position at the negotiating table,” said Blinken. 

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