United States releases USD 270 million in military aid to Ukraine including HIMARS

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Washington: The United States on Friday signed USD 27 million in military aid to Ukraine to help fight Russian troops. The package will include four more M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), reported AFP. The announcement in this regard was made by White House spokesperson John Kirby.

With the new military aid, the US has now provided 20 HIMARS to Ukraine. Kirby told reporters that the fresh aid would bring to 20 the number of M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems sent to Ukraine and also includes up to 500 new Phoenix Ghost tactical drones.

On Tuesday, Ukraine requested the US to send more HIMARS. According to Ukraine, its forces have so far destroyed 30 Russian command stations and ammunition depots so far with the high precision rocket systems.

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The Ukrainian Defence Minister also demanded longer-range ammunition – 100-150 km – to fight Russian troops. However, Joe Biden’s administration has refused to send longer-range ammunition to Ukraine to avoid a direct clash with Russia and escalate the conflict as it fears that Ukrainian forces can use these weapons to carry out strikes inside the Russian territory.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24. The fighting has intensified in the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine. The region comprises the separatist republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. Earlier this month, Russia claimed to have captured Lugansk. However, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday said that the Russian military’s objectives in Ukraine are no longer limited “only” to the east.