Washington plans to transfer additional multiple launch rocket systems to Ukraine HIMARS, their ammunition and artillery shells as part of a new military aid package. This will be announced officially in the coming days. US National Security Council and Strategic Communications Coordinator John Kirby.
“This package will include even more HIMARS systems <…>, which the Ukrainians are using very effectively to make a difference on the battlefield, and it will also include additional ammunition for MLRS and artillery shells”, the official said, noting that the country will continue to provide Ukraine with a “historic level of security assistance.”
According to him, the United States decided to supply additional weapons to Kyiv, as they had collected “enough evidence” and intelligence about Russia’s intention to annex the captured Ukrainian regions.
“We know them [Кремля] next steps,” Kirby said, noting that Moscow is going to hold referendums in the occupied territories, as it did in Crimea in 2014.
Previously Ukrainian Minister defense Alexey Reznikov stated that the country needs about 50 installations HIMARS and and MLRS M270to stop the advance of Russian troops, and to to conduct an effective counteroffensive, a hundred systems are needed, additional armored personnel carriers, infantry fighting vehicles and reconnaissance drones.
Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov specified that Kyiv has already begun to receive more dino-piercing shells for HIMARS. On July 14, the Kyiv authorities asked the United States to transfer missiles with a range of up to 300 kilometers instead of the current 80.
Washington has already handed over eight HIMARS mobile launchers on a wheeled chassis to the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Four more Ukrainians will receive in the near future.
Washington believes that the Ukrainian army uses HIMARS with high efficiency. With their help, more than 30 Russian military installations have already been destroyed.
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