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Pentagon denies Moscow’s HIMARS claims

Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu’s accounts of Russian forces destroying US-made programs “patently false,” DoD spokesman says

Claims by Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu about Russian troops having destroyed six US-made M142 HIMARS rocket programs in Ukraine because the begin of Russia’s offensive there are unfaithful, the Pentagon stated Tuesday.

“We are aware of these latest claims by Minister Shoigu and they are patently false,” stated the Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs and the Pentagon’s performing spokesman Todd Breasseale, as quoted by Reuters.

According to him, all HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) are “fully accounted for” and the Ukrainians are using them “with devastating accuracy and effectiveness.”

Earlier on Tuesday, Shoigu stated Russia had destroyed six HIMARS programs together with dozens of different American-made weapon programs equipped to Ukraine. The US has despatched 16 HIMARS to Kiev in whole.

The system is described as a ‘game-changer’ by each Ukrainian officers and quite a few Western sources attributable to its accuracy and lengthy vary. HIMARS can hearth a number of varieties of missiles, together with the GMLRS 80-kilometer-range guided rockets, which have been equipped to Ukraine, in addition to the ATAMCS ballistic missiles in a position to hit targets 300 kilometers away.

The spokesman for the military of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Eduard Basurin, claimed in mid-July Ukrainian forces could have already obtained ATAMCS. However, days later, nationwide safety adviser to the White House Jake Sullivan stated the US wasn’t prepared to produce the missiles to Ukraine, out of fear they might be used to strike Russian territory, resulting in an escalation within the battle.

Moscow maintains HIMARS programs have repeatedly been utilized by Kiev forces to focus on services that weren’t official navy targets. The most up-to-date instance of such techniques, in line with the Russian navy, was an assault on a penal colony in Elenovka within the DPR, which was housing Ukrainian POWs, together with fighters with the infamous neo-Nazi Azov regiment. The assault left a minimum of 50 prisoners lifeless and one other 73 injured. Ukraine blames Russia for this strike.

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