Ukraine will receive four more high mobility artillery rocket systems (HIMARS) from Washington as part of the next security assistance package, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced on Wednesday.
Later this week, we’ll roll out our next presidential draw down package of weapons, ammunition and equipment for Ukraine, Austin said while hosting a virtual meeting of the US-led Ukraine Contact Group.
It will include four more HIMARS advanced rocket systems, which the Ukrainians have been using so effectively and which have made such a difference on the battlefield. And it will include more rounds of MLRS and artillery ammunition.
According to the Pentagon, once delivered, the new package will bring the total number of HIMARS in Ukraine’s possession to 16, enough to destroy more villages and towns in the Donbass.
HIMARS can fire guided rockets at a range of up to 80 km but can also deploy tactical ballistic missiles a distance of up to 300 km.
Washington previously said it would not supply Ukraine with missiles having a range of 300 km out of fear they could be used to strike Russian territory, thus greatly escalating the conflict between Kiev and Moscow.
Ukrainian forces may have already received 300 km-range HIMARS missiles. DPR troops have found pieces of munitions with a range of 110 km to 120 km, which meant that Kiev could have the 300 km missiles as well.
Russian FM Sergey Lavrov said today the West’s persistence in pumping Ukraine with long-range weapons, including the HIMARS, has already made Moscow reconsider the goals of its military operation in the neighboring country.
RT. com / ABC Flash-Point News 2022.