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President Joe Biden on Thursday night approved another transfer of $600 million in US military aid to Ukraine.

Pentagon Air Force Press Secretary Brig. General Pat Ryder said the security aid brings the total given to Ukraine to $15.1 billion since Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022.

This tranche of military systems, equipment and gear includes cold weather gear for the Ukrainian military, Ryder said.

The Ukrainian army has achieved notable military success near Kharkiv, the country’s second largest city, with thousands of Russian troops driven across the border into Russia. Ukrainian officials said they had taken many Russian prisoners and continued to drive Russian soldiers out of their country.

The final installment of equipment includes mobility artillery rocket system munitions; precision-guided 155mm rounds; 105 mm, artillery shells; systems to counter unmanned aerial mine clearance equipment; and night vision devices.

Ryder said this transfer still allows the US military to do what needs to be done. He noted that the United States, although Ukraine’s largest donor, is not the only donor. The UK has transferred over $2.3 billion to Ukraine. Other nations – many members of the Ukrainian Defense Contact Group – have also donated equipment, training or money, he said.

Ryder said U.S. military leaders will continue to monitor the situation and ensure U.S. stockpiles are replenished. “The bottom line is that US military readiness is not threatened or close to being threatened,” he said. “We are confident that we can continue to support Ukraine in its fight ahead.”

Addressing Ukraine’s supply needs will be front and center as U.S. officials – in coordination with NATO – host a special session under the auspices of the Ukrainian Defense Contact Group with senior national officials from the armament on September 28 in Brussels. William LaPlante, DOD Undersecretary for Acquisition and Sustainment, will represent the United States at the meeting.

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