As the US Department of Defense announced on Wednesday, the new weapons package for Kiev should also include an additional 1,000 Javelin anti-tank missiles and four Mi-17 helicopters. The US government had announced a new military aid package totaling $700 million (€650 million) the day before.
Range and accuracy
Assistant Defense Minister Colin Kahl said Ukraine’s armed forces would need three weeks of training to deploy the HIMARS missile system. This would give the Ukrainians greater range and accuracy in artillery battles in the east of the country. According to Kahle, the launchers can fire six guided missiles at a time of more than 70 kilometers. Accordingly, the systems are already available in Europe for training and delivery.
He said they would help Ukrainian forces locate and attack strategic Russian targets. He confirmed that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky assured Washington that the Hemars would not be used to attack targets in Russia. “President Biden has made clear that we have no intention of entering into direct conflict with Russia,” Kahl stressed.
The Kremlin sees “pouring oil on fire”.
Earlier, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov had warned Washington against “deliberately pouring fuel on the fire.” “Such supplies do not encourage the Ukrainian leadership to want to resume peace talks,” Peskov said in Moscow.
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