U.S. plans to approve Ukraine’s request for long distance rocket systems, reports CNN

27 May, 02:32 PM
HIMARS multiple rocket launcher (Photo:fr.m.wikipedia.org)

HIMARS multiple rocket launcher (Photo:fr.m.wikipedia.org)

The U.S. is preparing to send to Ukraine long distance rocket systems, per Kyiv’s request, reported CNN on May 26, citing U.S. officials.

According to CNN, Joe Biden administration will likely supply those weapons within the framework of a larger package of security assistance. The move may be announced next week.

U.S.-made long distance rocket systems are able to hit targets that are hundreds of kilometers away, filling a badly-needed Ukrainian gap. This will likely have a positive impact on battlefield dynamics, Ukrainian military commanders believe.

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Ukraine has been requesting U.S.-made High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), developed in the 1990s for the U.S. army in the Middle East. HIMARS have proven to be successful in combat against a decentralized enemy, such as radical Islamist organization ISIS.

One major advantage of these systems is that they are able to shoot different types of rockets.

However, the Biden administration was initially reluctant to meet Kyiv’s request for HIMARS, taking into account considerations about how calibrated should the Ukrainian military’s counter-offensive operation be against the invading Russian forces.

John Kirby, a spokesperson for the Pentagon, previously said that the U.S. is supplying weapons in amounts that can be operated by Ukraine’s Armed Forces. For instance, if it’s necessary to educate drone operators first before they’re able to operate the latest generation of drones, the supply of those drones may occur after the training process is completed.

According to an earlier report by news agency Reuters, Kyiv has been in dialogue with Washington, laying out the risks of military action on Russian territory. 

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