U.S. officials said they plan to give an additional $1 billion in military aid to Ukraine, the largest single tranche of weapons and equipment since the war began, to help stall Russia’s slow but steady march to conquer the eastern Donbas region.
According to reports, the move will be formally announced on Wednesday.
The aid will reportedly include anti-ship missile launchers, howitzers, and more rounds for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems that U.S. forces are training Ukrainian troops on now.
The move came after s U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin convened a meeting in Brussels of more than 45 nations to discuss support for Ukraine.
Austin called on the participating nations in the meeting to demonstrate “our unwavering determination to get Ukraine the capabilities it urgently needs to defend itself.”
“We must intensify our shared commitment to Ukraine’s self-defense, and we must push ourselves even harder to ensure that Ukraine can defend itself, its citizens, and its territory,” Austin said.