US announces additional military assistance for Ukraine

The US Defense Department says it will provide additional military assistance for Ukraine valued at up to 450 million dollars, including four High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, or HIMARS.

The department announced the additional assistance on Thursday. It also includes 2,000 machine guns, and 18 coastal and riverine patrol boats.

The latest assistance means Ukraine will receive a total of eight HIMARS. The multiple rocket launchers have a longer range and greater precision than those used by Ukrainians.

The department said the US has committed about 6.1 billion dollars in security assistance for Ukraine since the beginning of Russia's invasion in February.