WASHINGTON (NEWSnet/AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Tuesday the U.S. will announce an additional $2.3 billion in security assistance for Ukraine.

It is expected to include anti-tank weapons, interceptors and munitions for Patriot and other air defense systems.

Of that total, $150 million of the aid will come from presidential drawdown authority  and the remainder will be provided by Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative.

PDA allows the Pentagon to take the weapons from its stocks and send them more quickly to Ukraine. USAI puts weapons on longer-term contracts.

The declaration came as Austin and Ukraine Defense Minister Rustem Umerov met at the Pentagon.

“Make no mistake, Ukraine is not alone, and the United States will never waver in our support,” Austin said, as he opened the meeting with Umerov. “Alongside some 50 allies and partners, we’ll continue to provide critical capabilities that Ukraine needs to push back Russian aggression today and to deter Russian aggression tomorrow.”

Follow NEWSnet on Facebook and X platform to get our headlines in your social feeds.

Copyright 2024 NEWSnet and The Associated Press. All rights reserved.