U.S. long-range rocket systems arrive in Ukraine – minister

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov greets fellow ministers and senior military personnel before the start of the Ukraine Defense Advisory Group meeting hosted by U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin at the base American airline from Ramstein, Germany, April 26, 2022. REUTERS / Kai Pfaffenbach

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June 23 (Reuters) – Ukraine said on Thursday it had received US supplies of High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), a powerful long-range weapons system it hopes can help to turn the tide of the Russian invasion.

Moscow’s forces are advancing into eastern Ukraine in a bid to capture the industrial heartland known as Donbass, where Ukraine fears some of its troops may be surrounded by Russian pincers. Read more

“Thank you to my American colleague and friend, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin for these powerful tools! Summer will be hot for Russian occupiers. Defense, Oleksii Reznikov, regarding the delivery of the HIMARS.

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He did not say how, for example, many systems arrived.

Ukraine says it needs the HIMARS systems to better match the range of Russian rocket systems it says are widely used to strike Ukrainian positions in the Donbass.

Washington said it received assurances from Kyiv that these longer-range weapons would not be used to attack Russian territory, fearing an escalation of the conflict. Read more

Moscow has warned it will hit targets in Ukraine they “have yet to hit” if the West provides longer-range missiles to Ukraine for use in high-precision mobile rocket systems. Read more

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Reporting by Max Hunder; Written by Alessandra Prentice; edited by Tom Balmforth and Nick Macfie

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