Biden Approves $165M in Heavy Ammunition to Ukraine

Published April 26th, 2022 - 06:31 GMT
Biden Approves $165M in Heavy Ammunition to Ukraine
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks at an event honoring the 2020 and 2021 Stanley Cup Champions, Tampa Bay Lightning, on the South Lawn of the White House on April 25, 2022 in Washington, DC. The Tampa Bay Lightning’s visit to the White House last year was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images/AFP

The Biden administration approved on Monday the sale of roughly $165 million in heavy ammunition to Ukraine's armed forces.

The announcement comes less than a day after the U.S. secretaries of state and defense met in Kyiv with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The proposed sale, which Congress was notified of on Sunday, includes 52mm and 152mm artillery rounds, grenade launcher rounds, 120mm mortars, 122mm rounds for the 2Sl Gvozdika self-propelled artillery gun, BM-21 GRAD rockets, 300 mm Smerch multiple-launch rocket launcher rounds, and 125 mm tank high explosive rounds.

The package also includes transportation and "other related elements of logistical and program support," the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a sale.

The sale will not be subject to congressional review because Secretary of State Antony Blinken "determined and provided detailed justification that an emergency exists that requires the immediate sale to Ukraine of the above defense articles (and defense services) in the national security interests of the United States," the agency said.

"This proposed sale will support the foreign policy goals and national security objectives of the United States by improving the security of a partner country that is a force for political stability and economic progress in Europe," it added.

 


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