The United States has announced a new $275 million in military aid to Ukraine to help it survive its war against Russia. The Pentagon announced the package on Friday. News from AFP.
Pentagon Deputy Press Secretary Sabrina Singh told reporters that the package included Himmers precision rocket launchers, a variety of 155 mm artillery rounds, anti-armor systems, small arms ammunition and four satellite communications antennas.
“We’re seeing Ukrainian infrastructure and electrical grids being targeted by Russia, and these antennas provide additional power on the ground at a critical time when Ukrainian infrastructure is being damaged,” he said. They are not, however, being offered as an alternative to the Starlink service provided by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company. They have nothing to do with access to Starlink.’
Elon Musk’s Starlink provided satellite service throughout the war in Ukraine.
Musk said earlier this month that SpaceX would not be able to continue financing the Starlink provided to Ukraine indefinitely. But the service is again crucial for them at the moment as it provides vital communications capabilities to Kiev’s forces. But there is now uncertainty around this service.
Although he said this at the beginning of the month, now the richest man in the world is saying the opposite. He said SpaceX would continue to make payments despite Starlink’s losses.
The latest U.S. aid package tops Washington’s total security assistance commitment to Ukraine by $18.5 billion since the beginning of 2021. The country has provided nearly $18 billion in aid since Russia invaded in February.