As part of another $200 million worth of defense items drawn from U.S. military inventories announced on Monday, the White House is sending more ammo to Ukraine

"This announcement is the Biden Administration's 44th tranche of equipment to be provided from DoD inventories for Ukraine since August 2021," noted the Pentagon in a simple release. Besides "over 12 million rounds of small arms ammunition," the withdrawal includes additional 155mm and 105mm artillery rounds, 120mm tank ammunition, as well as additional munitions for Patriot air defense systems and HIMARS rocket systems.

The running tally sheet of the more than $43 billion in American equipment transferred to Ukraine by the Biden administration since February 2022 includes "more than 300,000,000 rounds of small arms ammunition," a figure first broached in June. 

The more than $43 billion in security assistance does not include another $70 billion in financial and humanitarian aid sent to Ukraine by the Biden administration over the past two years. Nor does it include another $13 billion quietly tucked into a $40 billion Congressional emergency spending bill sandwiched between disaster relief and border security spending likely to gain easy Republican support.

The latest outlay comes as even recent CNN polls show the majority of Americans oppose more U.S. aid for Ukraine in its war with Russia and amid reports of widespread corruption in Ukraine forces. 

U.S. Sen. John Kennedy, R-LA, joining with Arizona Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, has called to establish a Special Inspector General for Ukraine. "The Special IG would oversee the humanitarian, economic, and security assistance funding that the U.S. Congress has provided to the country and make sure that the funds are appropriately spent," contend the lawmakers.

 

 

Banner image: (Official caption) A Team Dover airman loads weapons bound for Ukraine onto a C-17 Globemaster III during a security assistance mission at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Sept. 14, 2022. (Photo: Staff Sgt. Marco A. Gomez/Air Force)

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