The United States has announced at an international conference in Germany that it will give Ukraine additional military aid worth 675 million dollars.
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin made the announcement about the aid package during a meeting with representatives from about 50 nations that was held at the US Ramstein Air Base. The package will include provisions of howitzers and munitions for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or HIMARS.
Austin told the attendees that the nature of the war is changing even though Russia continues to bombard Ukrainian cities and civilians with missiles and artillery fire. He also said, "Ukrainian forces have begun a counteroffensive in the southern part of the country."
Austin spoke to reporters after the meeting. He said that the United States has stepped up efforts to meet Ukraine's needs. He added that he is glad many US allies and partners have also done so.
General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters that Ukraine has struck more than 400 Russian targets with US-supplied HIMARS. He went on to say that the strikes have had a "devastating effect." He said they have severely strained Russian lines of communication and supply channels.
Milley said that "Russian command and control in the headquarters have been disrupted." He added that Russia is having great difficulty resupplying forces and replacing combat troops that it has lost.