According to a US person knowledgeable of the aid package, the United States plans to unveil a $1.2 billion aid package to Ukraine as early as Tuesday in preparation for Ukraine’s upcoming counteroffensive against Russian soldiers.

The official said that the package would contain drones, 155mm artillery ammo, and air defense missiles.

The package will be acquired through contracts and purchases rather than a depletion of Defense Department reserves, as it is part of the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI). The USAI packages are meant to generate a medium and long-term supply for Ukraine rather than providing it with the weaponry it currently requires.

Once the latest deal is announced, the United States will have given Ukraine a total of $37.6 billion in military aid since the beginning of the Biden administration, including $36.9 billion since the beginning of the war in February 2022.

In late April, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov declared that the Ukrainian army had almost finished preparing its counteroffensive against Russian forces. When released, it will mark a significant change in the conflict.

Modern Western tanks such as the German Leopard 2 and the British Challenger 2 have arrived in Ukraine, along with other armored vehicles such as the American Bradley and Stryker.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg declared two weeks ago that 98% of the combat vehicles promised to Ukraine had been delivered, a total of more than 1,500 vehicles and 230 tanks.

The Ukrainian authorities have not ruled on the exact moment when they will launch their expected spring offensive or on the areas that will be their target. Ukraine’s ambassador to the UK, Vadym Prystaiko, declared last week that they would not openly tell Russia when the offensive will start. However, he acknowledged that time had delayed the military’s plans.

But even after the Ukrainian counteroffensive begins, the United States will continue sending military aid to Ukraine, according to a US military official, to sustain Ukrainian military force against entrenched Russian troops and to provide new equipment. 

The United States has yet to provide Ukrainian forces with training on M1A1 Abrams tanks. This strong weapon will provide Kyiv with another potent military choice but will necessitate months of preparation.

To date, about 10,000 Ukrainian troops have completed different forms of training with the US, including advanced maneuver training and specific programs for individual weapons systems.

Oren Lieberman