Ukraine gets more US, German rocket launcher systems world News

Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov tweeted that four more HIMARS rocket launchers from Washington and the first in a batch of German MARS-II systems arrived in Ukraine.

Ukraine said on Monday it has received more precise rocket systems from the United States and Germany, adding to a growing arsenal of Western long-range artillery that Kyiv says is changing dynamics on the battlefield.

Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov tweeted that four more HIMARS rocket launchers from Washington and the first in a batch of German MARS-II systems arrived in Ukraine.

He thanked his German counterpart, Christine Lambrecht, saying, “Our artillery salutes our German allies!”

In response to Washington’s latest delivery, Reznikov wrote that he was “grateful” to President Joe Biden and his US counterpart Lloyd Austin for “strengthening” the Ukrainian military.

“We’ve proven to be smart operators of this weapon. The sound of the #HIMARS volley has become a top hit on the front lines this summer!” Reznikov wrote.

The MLRS MARS II, provided by Germany, is the third variety of sophisticated rocket-launcher systems – after HIMARS and MLRS M270 – to be delivered to Ukraine to help it fight an invasion of Russia.

So far the United States has agreed to send some 20 HIMARS systems to Ukraine as part of a major program to equip Kyiv’s forces.

Reznikov asked Washington to send more systems last month, saying Kyiv’s military had used them to destroy about 30 Russian command stations and ammunition depots.

He said that at least 100 of these systems were needed for effective countermeasures against Moscow’s troops.

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He also renewed a call for long-range ammunition to cut Russian units off their support.

Washington has described the use of HIMARS by the Ukrainian military as “excellent”, highlighting their impact on the battlefield.

But Biden’s administration has so far refused to send long-range ammunition, fearing that Ukraine would strike targets inside Russian territory and potentially extend the war into direct conflict with the West.

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