July 22, 2022

Ukraine's Decisive Strikes


Ukraine's Decisive Strikes
Go long! The Moscow Times

Last month the US began sending to Ukraine the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS). Not long after, Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed that the weapon shipments would make no impact on the ongoing invasion.

However, recent reports from Russian-occupied Ukraine are showing Putin's claim to be false.

The HIMARS can hit targets up to 70 kilometers (40 miles) away. The advantage of the HIMARS is that they can be placed outside the range of Russian artillery and still hit their desired targets. According to Russian state television journalist Andrei Rudenko, the HIMARS units are most likely being used to hit Russian ammunition stores.

Other pro-Russian sources, such as the former commander of separatist forces, have stated that, in less than a week after deployment, Russia has experienced “large losses in both men and equipment."

Whether this single weapons system will turn the tide, however, remains to be seen.

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