President Joe Biden will authorize $750 million in additional weapons to Ukraine to fend off Russia’s aggression, Politico reports.
The Biden administration plans to provide Ukraine with drones, howitzers, and protective equipment against a potential chemical attack.
Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks told reporters on Tuesday that the next wave of weapons would “give them a little more range and distance.”
The US has already delivered $2.4 billion in military assistance since Biden took office, most of that coming since Russia’s invasion in February.
What about helicopters?
But there is still uncertainty about certain equipment. The administration reported considered sending Mi-17 transport helicopters to Ukraine but the request appears to have been ruled out.
Ukraine has also sought air-defense systems, artillery, armored vehicles, combat aircraft, and anti-ship missiles.
The US and allies have been sending eight to ten flights with military assistance to Ukraine each day.
The Pentagon has nearly completed delivering an $800 million package approved by Biden last month.
The new equipment includes Switchblade drones, anti-aircraft missiles, and anti-armor weapons.
Ukraine seeks defense contractors:
Ukrainian officials have also met with US defense contractors.
Ukraine’s ambassador to the US, Oksana Markarova, last week met with General Atomics, which makes Reaper and Predator drones.
The company said it is “currently exploring options” for supporting Ukraine, which would require government approval.
“We have aircraft available now for immediate transfer,” a spokesman said. “With support from the U.S. government, those aircraft could be in the hands of Ukrainian military pilots in a matter of days.”