kyiv has received its first M270 MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System), Ukrainian Defense Minister Alexey Reznikov announced on Friday. The system will be “good company” for М142 HIMARS launchers supplied by the United States, the Minister said in a message on Twitter.
Although Reznikov did not specify who exactly provided the US-made system, he expressed gratitude in general to Ukraine. “the partners,” Britain had previously pledged to deliver at least three systems like this to kyiv forces.
The US-made M270 MLRS system is, in fact, an older cousin of the М142 launchers, which were previously supplied to the Ukrainian army from Washington. While the tracked system is less mobile than the truck-based HIMARS, the M270 is twice as powerful, with 12 tubes to launch 227mm missiles versus six.
It was not immediately clear whether the new M270 launchers had already made it to the front line or not. The M270 HIMARS system was deployed by Kyiv to the battlefield in late June. As Ukrainian officials insist the systems were used to target “warehouses with weapons and stocks of fuel and lubricants” used by the Russian military, authorities in Moscow and Donbass have accused kyiv of using these weapons to bombard civilian areas.
Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said kyiv forces had used “US-supplied HIMARS Multiple Launch Rocket Systems on All Fronts” lately. The military “apparently received orders from kyiv to use said launchers against civilians without any hesitation”, she claimed, while accusing Washington of sharing intelligence on targets with Ukraine.
Moscow has repeatedly warned the West against “pumping” Ukraine with arms, insisting that such aid would only prolong the conflict and inflict further damage on the Ukrainian people rather than change the final outcome.
Russia sent troops to Ukraine on February 24, citing kyiv’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, intended to give the Donetsk and Luhansk regions special status within the Ukrainian state. The protocols, brokered by Germany and France, were first signed in 2014. Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has since admitted that kyiv’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to save time and “to create powerful armed forces.”
In February 2022, the Kremlin recognized the Donbas republics as independent states and demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join any Western military bloc. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked.
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