According to a document provided to the media detailing the items needed, Ukraine has recently updated its extensive wish list for additional military assistance from the US government. Ukraine asked the US to include hundreds more anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles.
Ukraine says it urgently needs 500 missiles every day. The Ukrainians have put forward alike lists in recent weeks. However, a recent ‘request’ provided to US lawmakers appears to replicate an increasing need for US-made Stinger anti-aircraft missiles and Javelin anti-tank missiles.
According to a source with knowledge of both requests, in both the cases, Ukraine is requested and asked hundreds of ‘more missiles’ than it included them in a similar list recently provided to US law-makers.
The new list comes as the Ukrainians have claimed that they face a possible weapons shortage amid an ongoing Russian attack, prompting some pushback from US and NATO officials. They also stress that already entered more military aid into the country.
By March 7, less than two weeks after the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, the United States and other NATO members had sent around 17,000 anti-tank missiles and 2,000 anti-aircraft missiles to Ukraine.
Since that time, ‘NATO countries, including the US,’ have kept up the flow of weapons and equipment, even as Russia has threatened to attack the shipments.
The latest $350 million security assistance package approved in late February arrived in Ukraine recently. A senior defense official said that the following two packages totaling $1 billion have already started arriving.
President Joe Biden said on Thursday that armor systems, ammunition, and our weapons were coming to Ukraine as he spoke. The defense official said that it would take multiple flights over many days to get the equipment to ‘Eastern Europe’ prior to entering Ukraine through multiple land border crossings.
Meanwhile, the UK announced it would send a further 6,000 missiles, including anti-tank and high-explosive weapons, to Ukraine and roughly $33 million in financial backing for the Ukrainian military.
They listed Two types of Russian-made aircraft in the document, including one designed to provide close air support to troops on the ground. According to the list provided to the media, Ukraine has ordered 36 of each aircraft.
Some lawmakers in Congress believe the United States should provide Ukraine with the weapons it at its requests at the possible earliest time.
Sen. Jacky Rosen, a Democrat from Nevada, visited Poland and Germany the previous weekend to meet with civil society organizations helping Ukrainian refugees. He arrived in those countries and stationed US troops abroad, helping with humanitarian efforts.
Rosen said the thing he took most from the trip was the sense of urgency” on the ground.
Rosen told the media that they needed all the tools to survive the war and win it. Hence, we provide them with air-to-ground missiles, drones, and military support.