US to ship $450M in rocket techniques, different assist to Ukraine: officers

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The U.S. will ship one other $450 million in navy assist to Ukraine, together with some extra medium-range rocket techniques, U.S. officers stated Thursday.

The newest bundle will embody quite a few Excessive Mobility Artillery Rocket Programs, or HIMARS, and is anticipated to be introduced later Thursday. The preliminary 4 HIMARS that the U.S. despatched have already gone into Ukraine and are within the hand of troops there. The bundle may even embody ammunition and different provides.

The brand new assist comes only a week after the U.S. introduced it’s going to ship $1 billion in navy assist to Ukraine, and because the Russian navy continues to slowly develop its management within the jap Donbas area. Ukrainian leaders have persistently requested for the extra superior, precision rocket techniques so as to higher struggle again in opposition to Russia. The officers spoke on the situation of anonymity to offer particulars forward of an announcement.

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The Russian navy captured two villages in jap Ukraine on Thursday and is preventing for management of a key freeway in a marketing campaign to chop provide strains and encircle frontline Ukrainian forces, in response to British and Ukrainian navy officers.

n this May 23, 2011, file photo a launch truck fires the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) produced by Lockheed Martin during combat training in the high desert of the Yakima Training Center, Wash. U.S. officials will send another $450 million in military aid to Ukraine, including some additional medium-range rocket systems. The latest package will include a number of High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, or HIMARS. 

n this Might 23, 2011, file picture a launch truck fires the Excessive Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) produced by Lockheed Martin throughout fight coaching within the excessive desert of the Yakima Coaching Heart, Wash. U.S. officers will ship one other $450 million in navy assist to Ukraine, together with some extra medium-range rocket techniques. The newest bundle will embody quite a few Excessive Mobility Artillery Rocket Programs, or HIMARS. 
(Tony Overman/The Olympian by way of AP)

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Russian forces have been bombarding town of Sievierodonetskfor weeks with artillery and air raids, and fought the Ukrainian military house-to-house. The HIMARS provides Ukraine the flexibility to strike Russian forces and weapons from additional away. The techniques are mounted on vehicles, which carry a container with six precision-guided rockets that may journey about 45 miles (70 kilometers).

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It took about three weeks to coach Ukrainian troops on the primary 4 HIMARS, earlier than they have been moved to the struggle.

Ukrainian soldiers fire at Russian positions from a U.S.-supplied M777 howitzer in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region June 18, 2022. U.S. officials will send another $450 million in military aid to Ukraine. 

Ukrainian troopers hearth at Russian positions from a U.S.-supplied M777 howitzer in Ukraine’s jap Donetsk area June 18, 2022. U.S. officers will ship one other $450 million in navy assist to Ukraine. 
(AP Picture/Efrem Lukatsky, File)

The help is a part of the $40 billion in safety and financial help handed final month by Congress and signed into legislation by President Joe Biden.

Total, because the conflict started in late February, the U.S. has dedicated greater than $6 billion in safety help to Ukraine, together with this newest bundle. The newest $450 million shall be from draw down authority, which implies the Protection Division will take weapons and gear from it’s personal inventory and ship them to Ukraine.

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