Biden to sign additional $138 million in Ukraine security assistance

A Ukrainian main battle tank drives on a street during nearby mortar shelling in Severodonetsk, eastern Ukraine, on May 18, 2022. PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - President Joe Biden could sign off on US$100 million (S$130 million) of military aid to Ukraine as soon as Thursday (May 19), including additional artillery munitions and counter artillery battery radar, the latest in a series of transfers to help Kyiv repel Russia's invasion, according to two sources briefed on the matter.

The new transfers would be the tenth use of Mr Biden's Presidential Drawdown Authority (PDA) for Ukraine and would account for the remaining US$100 million in that funding, which allows the president to authorise the transfer of excess weapons from US stocks without congressional approval in response to an emergency.

The United States has already sent 184,000 artillery rounds to Ukraine for use in howitzers.

The additional munitions included in Thursday's package would supply Ukraine's fight in the east.

Washington has also sent 14 counter-artillery radar and the package would include two additional units, one source said.

The US Senate separately on Thursday was voting on an additional aid package for Ukraine.

Ukrainian servicemen use an anti-tank grenade launcher, during a training exercise in Ukraine's Dnipropetrovsk region, on May 14, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS
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