Pentagon says US Support for Ukraine Doesn’t Affect its Readiness

Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby revealed in a media briefing that most of the security assistance that has been sent to Ukraine has come directly from military stockpiles in the United States and that the US military’s readiness has not been compromised.

According to the Department of Defense (DOD), the US government has provided Ukraine with $2.6 billion in security aid to help them reclaim and defend its sovereignty since the beginning of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

The Pentagon recently unveiled a new $800 million security aid “drawdown” package for Ukraine, which was the seventh security assistance package that has been sent to aid the Ukrainian military.

The Pentagon however assured US citizens in the media briefing, “I can assure you that we are not at the point where our inventories of these systems have … or will imminently affect our readiness,” Kirby said. 

According to a DOD fact sheet, as of April 14, the U.S. has provided Ukraine with more than 1,400 Stinger anti-aircraft systems; 5,500 Javelin anti-armor systems; 700 Switchblade tactical unmanned aerial systems; 7,000 small arms; 50,000,000 rounds of ammunition; and 18 155mm Howitzers with 40,000 155mm artillery rounds; 16 Mi-17 helicopters; hundreds of armored Humvee vehicles and 200 M113 Armored Personnel Carriers.

“We’re comfortable that our stocks are in keeping with our readiness needs. But we obviously know that, as these packages go on, and as the need continues inside Ukraine, we want to lead the turn. We want to be ahead of the bow wave on that and not get to a point where it becomes a readiness issue,” expressed Kirby.  

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