The United States plans to announce as early as this week that it has purchased an advanced medium- and long-range surface-to-air missile defense system for Ukraine, a source familiar with the announcement told CNN.
President Joe Biden, who is currently meeting with G7 leaders in Germany for a mostly Ukraine-focused summit, recently announced that the United States would provide Ukraine with “more advanced rocket systems and munitions” as its war with Russia continues. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is expected to address Biden and other G7 leaders virtually on Monday.
In response to requests from Ukrainian forces, other military assistance is also expected to be announced this week, including additional artillery munitions and counter-battery radars. Ukrainian officials have requested the missile defense system, known as the NASAMS system, given that the weapons can hit targets more than 100 miles away, although Ukrainian forces will likely need to be trained on the systems, said said a source.
The United States has repeatedly announced additional security assistance to Ukraine. Last week, the Biden administration announced an additional $450 million in military aid for Ukraine, giving it four more multiple rocket launcher systems and artillery munitions for other systems.
And earlier this month, the Biden administration said it was providing an additional $1 billion in military aid to Ukraine, a package including deliveries of additional howitzers, munitions and coastal defense systems. .
CNN reported last week that US assessments of the war increasingly envisage a long and painful battle in the eastern part of Ukraine, with high losses in personnel and equipment on both sides.
US officials believe Russian forces plan to maintain intense attacks in the east, characterized by heavy artillery and missile strikes, with the intention of wearing down Ukrainian forces and NATO resolve over time. time.
For its part, Ukraine has been burning Soviet-era munitions that fit older systems, and Western governments have faced a tough decision on whether to continue increasing aid to the country. , which Biden has already pledged to do.
“We will continue to lead the world in providing historic assistance to support Ukraine’s fight for freedom,” the president wrote in a New York Times op-ed last month.