Pentagon announces plans to provide Ukraine $300 million worth of weapons, despite funding challenges to replenish U.S. stockpile

by | Mar 12, 2024

The White House announced Tuesday that the Pentagon is set to expedite the delivery of approximately $300 million in weapons to Ukraine. The plan is to leverage cost savings from existing contracts, despite the military still facing significant shortages, as it requires at least $10 billion to replenish all the weapons drawn from its stocks to support Kyiv's battle against Russia.

This marks the Pentagon's first publicly announced security package for Ukraine since December, when it acknowledged depletion of replenishment funds. Recent revelations indicate that officials only recently admitted to being not just out of replenishment funds, but actually overdrawn by $10 billion.

The announcement coincides with a delay in efforts to secure new funds for weapons in the House due to Republican opposition. U.S. officials have maintained for months that resuming weapons deliveries would only be possible once Congress approved additional replenishment funds, which are included in the stalled supplemental spending bill.

The replenishment funds have enabled the Pentagon to utilize presidential drawdown authority to withdraw existing munitions, air defense systems, and other weapons from its reserve inventories for transfer to Ukraine. Subsequently, contracts have been initiated to replace these weapons.

This marks the second instance in less than nine months that the Pentagon has allocated funds for additional weapons shipments to Ukraine. In June of last year, defense officials revealed that they had overestimated the value of weapons sent to Ukraine by $6.2 billion over the previous two years.

The United States has pledged over $44.9 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the start of the Biden administration, with over $44.2 billion allocated since Russia's invasion began on February 24, 2022. The Pentagon's replenishment account is currently overdrawn by $10 billion.

Source: AP News




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