WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says the United States will provide $1.2 billion more in long-term military aid to Ukraine to further bolster its air defenses. The announcement Tuesday comes as Russia continues to pound Ukraine with drones, rockets and surface-to-air missiles. The money will be provided under the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, and is to be spent over the coming months or even years to ensure Ukraine’s future security needs. Including this package, the U.S. has provided Ukraine nearly $37 billion in military aid since Russia invaded in February 2022. The latest aid comes as Ukraine prepares to launch a spring offensive against Russian forces, with air defense a persistent issue.