Pentagon unveils new Ukraine weapons shipment — Analysis

As part of its latest $450million military aid package, the Pentagon will send four rocket artillery units to Ukraine. The US government announced this on Thursday. These would make the total HIMARS launchers that have been sent to Kiev eight. The first HIMARS launchers were reported to already reach the Ukrainian troops.

Acting Pentagon Press Secretary Todd Breasseale said that the new tranche of military assistance for Kiev contains four M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System(HIMARS) rockets. Politico reported last week that Washington had been considering sending more systems to the Ukrainians. “based on Ukrainian immediate needs.”

“The United States has now committed approximately $6.8 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of the Biden Administration,”Breasseale was added.

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Kiev, however, has asked for a far greater quantity of weapons – “ten times more”HIMARS: Ukrainian MP Alexandra Ustinova told Politico that the four were on their way. “nothing.” 

Alexey Reznikov, Ukrainian Defense Minister, has already received the first four launchers. announcedTweet: Thank him for his kindness “colleague and friend”Lloyd Austin “powerful tools”Wishing death to the Russian troops

On Wednesday, his ministry celebrated mounting a rocket launcher, allegedly from a downed Russian helicopter, onto a Mitsubishi pick-up as a makeshift solution – known as a “technical” – until the HIMARS arrived. 

Along with the US wheeled launchers, three M270 tracked MLRSs will be sent to Ukraine by the UK. They use the same ammunition. Germany will send the remaining three units. It has sent Kiev several self-propelled PHz2000 gun systems. Although the US originally claimed the launchers would be fitted with self-propelled guns, the US later changed their mind. “battlefield munitions,” the Pentagon’s policy chief Colin Kahl revealed earlier this month that the US was providing Ukraine with heavy guided missiles, with a range of 70 kilometers.

An adviser to the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zilensky stated last week that Kiev would need 300 MLRS rocket launchers, 500 tanks, and 1000 howitzers in order to attain heavy weapons parity. This was rebutted by a defense official.

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The Russian Defense Ministry reported that Ukrainian forces lost 647 MLRS rockets as of Thursday, which includes several foreign-made launchers. These were hit at Nikolaev warehouses overnight.

There were also unconfirmed claims that two French-made CAESAR CAESAR 155mm Howitzers, which had been supplied to Kiev by Russian troops, were taken into Russian hands and then sent back to Russia to be studied. Telegram message on Thursday showed that the Russian weapon-maker Uralvagonzavod jokedly thanked President Emmanuel Macron. “gift”He was asked to. “send more”They will be taken apart. However, there has been no official confirmation of the howitzers’ capture.

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