Ukrainian forces begin training on HIMARS, says journalist

3 June, 05:15 PM
Instructors from the U.S. are already training the Ukrainian military to work with HIMARS (Photo:REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco)

Instructors from the U.S. are already training the Ukrainian military to work with HIMARS (Photo:REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco)

Ukrainian troops have begun training on the U.S. HIMARS multiple rocket launcher system, Pentagon reporter and ABC News producer Matt Seyler tweeted on June 3, with reference to a senior U.S. defense official.

Russia's war against Ukraine is in its fourth month

"U.S. trainers are working with the Ukrainians at an undisclosed location outside of the country," Seyler tweeted.

"The first round of training is expected to take about 3 weeks."

A new package of U.S. military aid to Ukraine that includes HIMARS multiple rocket launcher systems and ammunition for them was confirmed by U.S. President Joe Biden on June 1.

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The Pentagon said that the 11th aid package to Ukraine, worth $700 million, includes:

  • High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems and ammunition;
  • Five counter-artillery radars;
  • Two air surveillance radars;
  • 1,000 Javelin anti-tank missiles and 50 Command Launch Units;
  • 6,000 anti-armor weapons;
  • 15,000 155mm artillery rounds;
  • Four Mi-17 helicopters;
  • 15 tactical vehicles;
  • Spare parts and equipment.

Earlier President Biden stated that the United States would not send missile systems to Ukraine that could reach the territory of the aggressor country, Russia. Later, the State Department clarified that DC isn't supplying long-range missiles "for use outside the battlefield in Ukraine."

While announcing the military aid package, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that "the Ukrainians have given us assurances that they will not use these systems against targets on Russian territory."

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