Ukraine said on Thursday it has received US supplies of High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), a powerful long-range weapon system that could help turn the tide on Kyiv’s invasion of Russia.
Moscow’s forces are moving east of Ukraine to capture an industrial stronghold known as Donbass, where Ukraine fears some of its troops may be encircled in Russian pincers.
“Thank you to my American colleague and friend Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin for these powerful equipment! The summer will be hot for the Russian occupiers. And the last for some of them,” Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksey Reznikov tweeted about the HIMARS delivery.
He did not say how many systems came.
Ukraine says it needs the HIMARS system to better match the range of Russian rocket systems, which it says are being widely used by Ukrainian positions in the Donbass.
Washington said it had received assurances from Kyiv that those long-range weapons would not be used to attack Russian territory for fear of escalation of the conflict.
Moscow has warned that it will strike targets in Ukraine that they “have not hit yet” if the West supplies Ukraine with long-range missiles for use in high-precision mobile rocket systems.
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