Ukraine defence minister says US long-range rocket techniques arrive, as Russian forces proceed to advance within the japanese Donbas area.
Ukraine says it has taken supply of US provides of High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), a strong long-range weapon system that Kyiv hopes can assist flip the tide on Russia’s invasion.
“HIMARS have arrived to Ukraine. Thank you to my colleague and friend @SecDef Lloyd J. Austin III for these powerful tools! Summer will be hot for russian occupiers. And the last one for some of them,” Ukraine Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov wrote on Twitter on Thursday.
He didn’t say how lots of the techniques had arrived.
HIMARS have arrived to Ukraine.
Thank you to my 🇺🇲 colleague and pal @SecDef Lloyd J. Austin III for these highly effective instruments!
Summer might be sizzling for russian occupiers. And the final one for a few of them. pic.twitter.com/BTmwadthpp
— Oleksii Reznikov (@oleksiireznikov) June 23, 2022
The announcement got here as Moscow’s forces superior in Ukraine’s east in a bid to seize the commercial heartland often called the Donbas, the place Ukraine fears a few of its troops could possibly be encircled in a Russian pincer.
Ukraine has mentioned it wants the HIMARS techniques to raised match the vary of Russian rocket techniques that it has mentioned are being extensively used to pummel Ukrainian positions within the Donbas.
Washington mentioned it has obtained assurances from Kyiv that these longer-range weapons wouldn’t be used to assault Russian territory, amid fears of an escalation of the battle.
While the West has despatched weapons into Ukraine to assist it struggle the Kremlin’s forces, Kyiv has complained it has solely obtained a fraction of what it wants and is clamouring for heavier weaponry.
Moscow has warned it’ll assault targets in Ukraine that they “have not yet been hitting” if the West provides longer-range missiles to Ukraine to be used in high-precision cell rocket techniques.