US announces shipment of advanced HIMARS missiles to Ukraine

But a senior White House official made it clear that it had to do with the HIMARS systems (High Mobility Artillery Missile System), These are multiple rocket launchers mounted on light armored vehicles.

The official, who asked not to be identified, said that the Hemar missiles will use precision-guided munitions with a range of up to 80 kilometers. Washington decided not to send ammunition with a longer range.

“The Ukrainians will use these systems to repel the Russian advance into Ukrainian territory, but they will not be used against Russia,” the official said.

Biden indicated that he wants Ukraine to be “in the strongest possible position” in the event of negotiations with Russia, explaining: “We do not encourage Ukraine and do not give Ukraine the means to attack outside its borders.”

This equipment is part of a new, broader component of US military assistance to Ukraine, totaling $700 million, details of which will be published on Wednesday.

As Ukraine faces a very intense Russian offensive in the east of the country, Biden asserted in his New York Times column that he “will not pressure the Ukrainian government, privately or publicly, to make territorial concessions.”

Russian forces have a stated goal of capturing the Donbass mining basin, which was seized by pro-Russian separatist forces with partly Moscow’s support in 2014.

On Tuesday, they captured a large part of the strategic city of Severodonetsk.

The Ukrainians were asking for time for missile launchers that would allow them to attack Russian positions by placing the batteries further ahead.

The US Congress recently launched a $40 billion package to fund arms shipments to Ukraine.

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