U.S. authorizes largest-yet military package to Ukraine

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The United States has authorized its largest delivery yet of military aid to Ukraine, the Pentagon announced Monday — a $1 billion package of ammunition, weapons and equipment.

The package specifically includes ammunition for artillery rocket systems, munitions for surface-to-air missile systems, explosives, armored medical vehicles and medical supplies, according to a press release from Acting Pentagon Press Secretary Todd Breasseale.

"To meet Ukraine's evolving battlefield requirements, the United States will continue to work with its Allies and partners to provide Ukraine with key capabilities," Breasseale wrote.

The U.S. has committed $9.8 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of President Joe Biden's administration, according to the Pentagon. The United States has also sent hundreds of millions of dollars in humanitarian aid.

The Department of Defense has estimated Russia has had 70,000 to 80,000 killed or wounded in less than six months. Russian President Vladimir Putin drew international condemnation when he invaded Ukraine in late February.