The US approved a new military aid to Ukraine for USD 270 million that includes HIMARS missile systems

Ukraine has long sought more HIMARS launchers, which fire medium-range missiles and can also move quickly before Russia can attack them (Tony Overman/The Olympian via AP, File)
Ukraine has long sought more HIMARS launchers, which fire medium-range missiles and can also move quickly before Russia can attack them (Tony Overman/The Olympian via AP, File)

The United States approved this Friday a new package of military aid to Ukraine for 270 million dollarsincluding four HIMARS precision rocket systems.

The White House announced on Friday that the United States will send 270 million additional dollars in security assistance to Ukraine, un paquete que incluirá sistemas adicionales de cohetes de mediumo alcance y drones táticos.

El último tramo eleva la asistencia de seguridad total de EE. UU compromised with Ukraine by the administration of Biden a USD 8.2 billiony se paga a través de USD 40 billion in economic aid and security for Ukraine approved by Congress in May.

The new package includes four high mobility artillery rocket systems, or HIMARS, and will allow Kiev to acquire up to 580 Phoenix Ghost drones, both sistemas de armas cruciales que han allowed a los ucranianos to remain in the fight despite the supremacy of the Russian artillery, according to John Kirby. coordinator of strategic communications of the National Security Council of the White House. The last assistance also includes 36,000 rounds of artillery ammunition and additional ammunition for HIMARS.

“The president has made it clear that we will continue to support the government of Ukraine and its people during the time it takes,” said Kirby.

The Ukrainian forces have used rocket launchers and tactical drones manufactured in the United States to destroy dozens of Russian targets and keep the largest and best-equipped Russian forces at bay.

The White House announced on Friday that the United States will send 270 million additional dollars in security assistance to Ukraine (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)
The White House announced on Friday that the United States will send 270 million additional dollars in security assistance to Ukraine (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

Russia puede disparar muchas más municiones, pero ha sufrido enormes pérdidas de tropas y equipos, ya que las fuerzas ukranianas han sido equipada con armamento de precisión de Estados Unidos y otros aliados occidentales. The director of the CIA, William Burns, said on Wednesday that the United States estimates that approximately 15,000 Russian soldiers have died. This number of dead would be equivalent to the military losses of the Soviet Union in its 1980 war in Afghanistan, which lasted almost a decade.

To try to equalize the conflict, Ukraine has made extensive use of the technologies supplied by the West while defending its eastern lines.

Ukraine has been looking for a long time for more HIMARS launchers, which fire medium-range missiles and can also move quickly before Russia can attack them. On Wednesday, Ukrainian forces allegedly used a HIMARS to attack a strategic bridge in the southern region of Kherson, occupied by Russia. A military expert told The Associated Press that the systems “only had a break during the day or night.”

The American authorities are also supporting Ukraine más cohetes guiados conocidos como GMLRS. The Pentagon continues to discard the shipment of missiles of greater scope that Ukraine could use to penetrate deeply into Russian territory. Eso es un guiño a los EE. UU trying to manage the risk that Russia instigates a wider war.

The United States already sent 12 HIMARS assembled in trucks to Ukraine. The United Kingdom has also provided three launchers of a different type with GMLRS rockets.

A destroyed residential building in Mariupol (REUTERS/Pavel Klimov)
A destroyed residential building in Mariupol (REUTERS/Pavel Klimov)

Both sides in the war have made extensive use of drones. The United States had previously committed to send 121 Phoenix Ghosts to Ukraine. Pentagon officials have not completely revealed the capabilities of these drones, which were developed by the EE Air Force. UU and produced by Aevex Aerospace, which describes itself as a leader in “aerotransport intelligence solutions of complete spectrum”. Se espera que el ultimo lote de Ghosts llegue starting from August.

Los drones they have cameras on board and they can be used to attack objectives. Hablando con los journalistis el viernes, un alto funcionario de defense de EE. UU he refused to say how Ghost is used, but he said that Ukraine had integrated drones in its approach to the battlefield “with great effect”. The official spoke on condition of anonymity according to the rules established by the Pentagon.

Estados Unidos revealed at the beginning of this month that it believes that Russia plans to obtain several hundred drones from Iran. The Iranian drones have previously penetrated the air defense systems of the Saudis and the Emirates in the Middle East, which were supplied by the officials of the American Biden administration and have tried to publicly dissuade Iran from moving forward with the transfer.

The White House published satellite images that indicated that Russian officials visited Iran twice in June or July for an exhibition of drones with armaments capacity that they wanted to acquire.

(With information from AP)

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