A defense department official said Friday that an additional $400 million is being sent to Ukraine, a package that includes several advanced rocket systems. Also included in the package are 1,000 rounds of 155 millimeter artillery.
Four High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) will be given to Ukraine as part of the aid, which will add to the eight other HIMARS the U.S. has already given to the country.
The aid comes as Biden said last week that the U.S. would support Ukraine “as long as it takes.”
“We are going to support Ukraine as long as it takes,” Biden said. “I don’t know how it’s going to end but it will not end, but it will not end with a Russian defeat of Ukraine in Ukraine.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that his nation has not “started anything in earnest” to this point in the conflict.
According to the Associated Press, the latest aid package is the 15th such one given to Ukraine since last August. The U.S. has also sent over $7 billion dollars to Ukraine since Russia invaded the country in late February.
Back in May, Biden signed a massive $40 billion Ukrainian aid package that included military and humanitarian provisions. As the package made its way through the Senate, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) warned that it could damage the U.S. economy and contribute to inflation.
“We cannot save Ukraine by dooming the U.S. economy,” the Republican senator added, referencing the steep increases in gas, food, and used vehicles faced by Americans. “Inflation doesn’t just come out of nowhere, it comes from deficit spending.”
“If this gift to Ukraine passes, our total aid to Ukraine will almost equal the entire military budget of Russia. And it’s not as if we have that money lying around, we will have to borrow that money from China to send it to Ukraine,” Paul stated.
Things could get even more expensive, as earlier this week, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal announced that it would take $750 billion dollars to fix the Ukrainian economy and infrastructure.
President Volodymyr Zelensky said rebuilding Ukraine would be an international project.
“This is Russia’s attack on everything that is of value to you and me,” he said. “Therefore, the reconstruction of Ukraine is not a local project, not a project of one nation, but a joint task of the entire democratic world.”