The assistance, amounting to some $2.85 billion, is the largest in a series of packages of military equipment that the Pentagon has withdrawn from its reserves to send to Ukraine. Their goal is to deliver as many weapons as possible to Ukrainian forces during the winter months, before spring arrives and the expected escalation of hostilities begins, according to the Associated Press. For the first time, it will include several dozen American Bradley infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs). A statement from the White House is expected on Friday, officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because details of the package were not made public.
Earlier it became known that Germany and the United States, for the first time since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine, will deliver infantry fighting vehicles to Kyiv. Foreign Minister Olaf Scholz and President Joe Biden agreed in a telephone conversation Thursday that the United States would supply Ukraine with Bradley infantry fighting vehicles and Germany with Marder infantry fighting vehicles. Both countries plan to train Ukrainian forces to work with the relevant systems. In late December, the United States announced the donation of a battery of Patriot anti-aircraft missiles to Ukraine.