The package comprises $425 million in equipment from existing US stockpiles and $1.75 billion in defense industry contracts. The first deliveries are expected to take about nine months once the Air Force issues a contract.
Zelenskiy Calls for Fast Path to EU as Russia Plans Offensive
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy calls for deeper integration into the European Union as the country prepares for an anticipated military offensive from Russia. Zelenskiy held two days of talks with the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel, who traveled to Kyiv to show their support for Ukraine. The EU's executive arm sees "no timelines" in the integration process.
France and Italy to Provide Air-Defense System
In the spring, France and Italy will deliver the SAMP/T air defense system, MAMBA, to Ukraine. MAMBA is the first long-range anti-missile system made by French and Italian companies and will help Ukraine defend itself against drone, missile, and jet attacks.
Ukraine Gathers War-Seasoned Volunteers for Future Offensive
Ukraine has assembled a network of eight brigades tasked with leading the future effort to liberate the country from Russian occupiers. Regional authorities and police chiefs have started a nationwide call-up for volunteers with combat experience, including men and women, to join the so-called Guard of the Offensive. These units will be preparing to liberate the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk and occupied territories, including Crimea.