Biden admin to give another $150 MILLION military aid package to Ukraine

Oct 26, 2023 | Political News

The Biden administration is set to announce yet another military aid package for Ukraine to the tune of $150 million.

It is expected to include rockets, munitions, and missiles, among other things the country needs to fight Russia.

According to VOA News, sources familiar with the matter revealed that the package could be provided to Ukraine as soon as next Wednesday.

The military officials officials, who spoke to the outlet under conditions of anonymity, Ukraine will receive GMLRS rockets for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), munitions for the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS), TOW anti-tank missiles, AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles, and 155mm rounds.

The inclusion of the latter has caused concern among some, given the fact that Ukraine is not the only American ally in need of them. Israel has also requested them from the United States as they continue fighting against the Iranian-backed Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.

The Pentagon addressed the concern on Monday, and assured everyone that there were enough 155mm rounds for Israel and Ukraine.

Pentagon press secretary Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder acknowledged that 155mm rounds are “an area that both have in common,” but noted that, ‘broadly speaking, that's just one small area, and we don't assess right now that we're going to have any problems providing them with both.”

The aid package will mark the 49th time the Biden administration has dug into the US' stockpiles to help Ukraine.

The US has provided $44 billion in military aid since the war broke out last year, and the Pentagon still has around $5 billion of congressionally approved funds to play with.

Earlier this month, now-former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy was ousted from his seat over allegations that he mane a side deal with Biden for Ukraine funding during negotiations for the stopgap bill. Republican Mike Johnson took over after a long and arduous process. Many have wondered whether the new speaker will impact aid to Ukraine, which must be approved by both the House and Senate.

Many Republicans have urged the US to scale back its funding in favor of focusing on domestic issues.