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News | Dec. 8, 2021

Small Arms, Ammunition From U.S. Headed to Ukraine's Defense Forces This Week

By C. Todd Lopez DOD News

The final elements of a $60 million security systems package to Ukraine — initially announced in August — will ship this week, Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby said.

During a briefing today at the Pentagon, Kirby told reporters that the last portions of the existing security package, which includes small arms and ammunition, is shipping now.

Kirby said as with all security assistance packages, the material provided can be used as the recipient nation sees fit — but that it will be used for self-defense purposes only.

"Our expectation for use of the Javelins ... [is] that they are to be used in a self- defensive mode ... for self-defense purposes," Kirby said. "There is no geographical restriction on where they can be used inside Ukraine. We expect them to use them responsibly and for purposes of self defense."

Right now, Kirby said, there are no additional announcements or decisions about additional security assistance to Ukraine.