As Ukrainians wage a tough counteroffensive, and as winter fast approaches, it is imperative that we help them take advantage of every single day. Today, the United States is announcing a new package of military aid, including weapons and equipment to help Ukraine succeed on the battlefield and protect its people from Russia’s brutal invasion. Today’s announcement is an important signal of the United States’ continued commitment to supporting the Ukrainian people as they defend their independence.

Arms and equipment included in this package include air defense munitions, artillery ammunition, and anti-armor capabilities, which will further enhance Ukraine’s capacity to continue its counter-offensive against Russia’s forces. In the past year, Ukraine’s forces have taken back more than 50 percent of the territory seized by Russia’s forces since February of 2022. This support will allow Ukraine to continue making progress to regain its sovereign territory. This package provides $200 million of arms and authorized under previously directed drawdowns for Ukraine.

Russia started this war and could end it at any time by withdrawing its forces from Ukraine and stopping its brutal attacks, which continue to take the lives of so many innocent people. Until it does, the United States and the coalition we have built of more than 50 nations will continue to stand with Ukraine and work with Congress to advance our national security interests by helping Ukraine secure its future – a future in which its people rebuild and live safely in a resilient and thriving democracy.