Biden Admin Sends More Ammo For HIMARS Rocket Artillery To Ukraine

US M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers fire salvoes during the "African Lion" military exercise in the Grier Labouihi region in southeastern Morocco on June 9, 2021. (Photo by FADEL SENNA / AFP) (Photo by FADEL SENNA/AFP via Getty Images)

The U.S. will send Ukraine thousands more 155mm howitzer shells and HIMARS rockets in a new package of military aid, the White House announced Monday. The $550 million package, which includes 75,000 155mm rounds, will bring the total military aid the Biden administration has provided Ukraine to $8.8 billion. 

Ukrainian officials told CNN on Monday that the longer-range HIMARS have allowed them to hit Russian weapons storage sites in Kherson. The White House said the decision to provide additional HIMARS ammunition followed meetings between the Pentagon officials and their Ukrainian counterparts. 

A senior defense official on Friday told reporters that Ukrainians could gain ground against the Russians in Kherson and have used HIMARS to strike Russian surface-to-air missile sites. 

The $550 million announcement brings the total aid to Ukraine from the Biden administration to $8.8 billion, although some major systems that were previously announced, such as the NASAMS advanced anti-aircraft missile systems are still being procured and have not been delivered to Ukraine.

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