The US is planning a fresh $1.1 billion weaponry deal for Ukraine’s struggle with Russia, which will be unveiled shortly, according to US officials, as Washington awaits the results of what it considers “fake” referendums in Ukraine.
The package will be the latest addition to Ukraine’s arsenal as it faces Russian soldiers in eastern Ukraine. The package will be disclosed in the coming days, according to officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
It is expected to use funds from the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI) appropriated by Congress to allow the Biden administration to procure weapons from industry rather than from existing U.S. weapons stocks.
The package will include HIMARS launcher systems, accompanying munitions, various types of counter drone systems and radar systems, along with spares, training and technical support, a source briefed on the plan said.
The United States is watching warily as pro-Russian forces conduct referendums in occupied areas of Ukraine, with the outcome expected to be announced soon.
Washington is preparing a new round of sanctions against Russia should Moscow annex these areas after the referendum results are announced.
President Joe Biden has condemned the referendums and vowed the United States would never recognize the results.
The United States has provided more than $15 billion in military aid to Ukraine for its conflict with Russia.