At a press conference at Ramstein Air Base in Germany on Friday, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced details of a new $2.5 billion package in U.S. security assistance to help Ukraine combat Russia’s nearly 11-month invasion.
LLOYD AUSTIN: The United States remains committed to leading in this coordinated effort. And this morning, I was pleased to announce another major round of US security assistance designed to meet Ukraine's urgent battlefield requirements. This $2.5 billion package is one of our largest yet.
It helps Ukraine meet its air defense needs with additional NASAMs munitions and 8 Avenger air defense systems. And this package also helps tackle Ukraine's urgent need for armor and combat vehicles. It includes 59 additional Bradley infantry fighting vehicles and 90 Stryker armored personnel carriers, 53 MREPS, and 350 up-armored Humvees. And it will provide thousands more rounds of artillery.