US sends $550 million in military aid to Ukraine, including HIMARS munitions

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US officials announced that an additional $550 million in military aid will be sent to Ukraine, including 75,000 rounds of 155mm artillery ammunition and additional ammunition for high-mobility artillery rocket systems ( HIMARS).

Four more HIMARS, which have longer range and are more accurate than older Soviet-era artillery rocket systems, arrived in Ukraine on Monday morning.

“We have proven to be smart operators of this weapon,” Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov tweeted Monday morning.

Ukrainian forces have used the weapons system to destroy at least 50 Russian ammunition dumps since June, Reznikov said previously.

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In late July, the Ukrainians used HIMARS to damage the Antonovsky Bridge, a key passage that connects Russian forces in the occupied Kherson region to the Crimean peninsula.

FILE PHOTO: In this May 23, 2011, file photo, a launch truck fires the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) produced by Lockheed Martin during combat training in the Yakima high desert Training Center, Wash.
(Tony Overman/The Olympian via AP)

“[The Ukrainians are] spending a lot of time hitting targets like ammunition supply, other logistical supplies, command and control,” a senior US military official said in a phone call with reporters last month.

“All of these things have a direct impact on the ability to conduct operations on the front line. So I would say yes, although they’re not firing on the HIMARS on the front line, they have a very, very significant effect on that. “

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The Biden administration has sent more than $8 billion in security aid to Ukraine since the invasion of Russia, including Javelin anti-tank missiles, Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, drones and thousands of small arms .

Reuters contributed to this report.

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