Congressman provides update on HIMARS expeditions to Kyiv

Washington and its allies intend to supply kyiv with up to 30 multiple launch rocket systems, a senior US congressional official has said.

The United States and its Western allies intend to supply Ukraine with 25 to 30 additional rocket systems, Adam Smith, the head of the United States House of Representatives Armed Services Committee, revealed on Saturday. .

This will include both High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) and Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS) from the UK and some other countries, Smith said in an interview with Radio Liberty. The committee chairman admitted that the number of weapons was lower than kyiv had requested, but assured that the United States and its partners would provide as much artillery and missiles as possible for the systems.

Smith made the announcement after his visit to Kyiv last week, during which he and several other members of Congress met with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky. Andrey Yermak, Zelensky’s chief of staff, said on Sunday that ammunition delivery logistics for the western MLRS are essential for the effective use of launchers. “on various sectors of the front.”

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Following the meeting with Zelensky, the American delegation published a statement committing to continue “seek ways to support President Zelensky and the Ukrainian people as effectively as possible.”

Before the rally, the President of Ukraine wrote on Telegram that his country was in great need “HIMARS Launch Systems, Shells, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.”

Earlier in July, Ukrainian Defense Minister Alexey Reznikov said kyiv needed about 50 HIMARS systems for effective defense, and at least 100 for “an effective counter-offensive.”

As of July 22, the United States has provided 16 HIMARS systems to Ukraine. Overall security assistance to the country since the launch of the Russian offensive in late February has amounted to $7.6 billion.

Last week, the Russian military claimed that between July 5 and July 20, it had destroyed four of the systems supplied by the United States in Ukraine. A US official, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, insisted that no HIMARS launchers sent to Ukraine had been destroyed. Meanwhile, the Kyiv government has accused Moscow of spreading “disinformationcalculated to deter the West from sending more weapons to Ukraine.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, Ukraine has lost more than 760 multiple rocket launcher systems and more than 3,100 artillery pieces since the start of the Russian military operation.

Moscow has repeatedly warned the West against sending weapons to kyiv, saying it will only prolong the conflict, increase the number of casualties and lead to long-term consequences.


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