Bringing out the big boys: NATO weapon aid to Ukraine

According to the Ukraine aid tracker by the German-based Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Kyiv’s EU and NATO allies have pledged an astounding 102 billion euros ($112 billion) in military assistance to the country from Russia’s invasion on February 24, 2022, until the end of May 2023.

Out of the total amount, the United States contributed almost half, specifically 42.84 billion euros.

Kiel Institute says Kyiv’s major military supporters following the United States are Germany, providing 7.5 billion euros, the United Kingdom with 6.58 billion euros, Poland with 3 billion euros, and the Netherlands with 2.48 billion euros.

During the start of Russia’s invasion, NATO allies initially supplied Ukraine with primarily defensive weaponry. However, the list rapidly expanded to include howitzers, multiple-rocket launchers, and missile-defense systems.

As the war entered its second year, the weapons grew heavier.

In February, Germany heeded President Volodymyr Zelensky’s appeals and agreed to facilitate the delivery of its advanced Leopard tanks.

Meanwhile, the United States provided Ukraine with rocket-propelled precision bombs, while Britain dispatched cruise missiles to support their defense efforts.

According to the Kiel Institute, by the end of May, NATO and EU member states had sent Ukraine a total of 471 tanks, 379 howitzers, and 177 MLRS rocket-launchers.

In February of this year, Zelensky started advocating for Western warplanes to assist in providing air support for Ukraine’s much-anticipated counter-offensive.

In May, following initial concerns about further escalation of the conflict, US President Joe Biden granted approval for Ukrainian pilots to undergo training on F-16 fighter jets, which would be supplied by an international coalition.

Last week, Washington revealed its intention to provide Ukraine with controversial cluster munitions, disregarding criticisms from human rights organizations.

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