Pentagon says Russia claims to have destroyed HIMARS are 'patently false'

3 August, 11:20 AM
Two Ukrainian HIMARS rocket launchers prepare to fire somewhere in Ukraine. (Photo:Andriy Yermak /Twitter)

Two Ukrainian HIMARS rocket launchers prepare to fire somewhere in Ukraine. (Photo:Andriy Yermak /Twitter)

The U.S. Department of Defense denies Kremlin claims that Russia has destroying several Ukrainian HIMARS rocket artillery systems, Pentagon spokesperson Todd Breasseale told Reuters on Aug. 2.

“We’re aware of these latest claims by (Russian Defense) Minister (Sergey) Shoigu ,and they are again patently false,” said Breasseale.

The official said Kyiv was effective in utilizing U.S.-supplied HIMARS systems with “devastating accuracy.”

Earlier, on Aug. 2, Ukraine’s South Operational Command said Ukraine was yet to lose a single HIMARS in its defense against the Russian invasion.

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Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov earlier said that Kyiv is now in possession of 20 HIMARS rocket launchers.

The Russian Defense Ministry claimed that it had destroyed two Ukrainian HIMARS systems on Aug. 1.

As evidence, the Russians submitted a video of a missile hitting the second floor of a building in Kharkiv, where it claimed there were two HIMARS.

HIMARS weighs 16.2 tonnes, is 7 meters long, 2.4 meters wide, and 3.2 meters tall.

The Russians did not explain how two such vehicles could have come to be in a room on the second floor of a building.

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