The Ukrainian government has received four deadly HIMAR missile systems on Monday and German MARS II multiple launch rocket systems.
Four additional M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIM have arrived in Ukraine today, the Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said.
“Four additional HIMARS have arrived in Ukraine. I’m grateful to the US President, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III and American people for strengthening of Ukrainian army.
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“We have proven to be smart operators of this weapon. The sound of the HIMARS volley has become a top hit of this summer at the front lines! ” Reznikov said on Twitter Monday.
German MARS II multiple launch rocket systems were also delivered to Ukraine, Defense Reznikov said.
“Third brother in the Long Hand family – MLRS MARS II from Germany – has arrived in Ukraine.
Thank you to Germany and personally to my colleague Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht for these systems.
“Our artillerymen salute our German partners!” Reznikov added.
At the end of July, it became known that the Federal Republic of Germany transferred three MARS II multiple launch rocket systems and three Panzerhaubitzen 2000 (PzH 2000) self-propelled artillery systems to the Ukrainian army.
Kyiv confirmed the transfer of the German MARS II MLRS to Ukraine, but the arrival of these systems in the country was not reported at that time.
Since Ukraine has received the HIMARs, the Moscow Times reported that Russia has suffered “large losses in both men and equipment” in less than a week after receiving them, according to Igor Girkin, who is a former commander of separatist forces in eastern Ukraine.
Last month the spokesperson of Odesa Regional Military Administration Serhiy Bratchuk announced the death of 150 Russian troops, including a general and five senior officers and many wounded, in Kherson as a direct result of the HIMAR rockets.
“The Russian air defense systems… turned out to be ineffective against massive strikes by HIMARS missiles,” Girkin, who also goes by the alias Strelkov, wrote.
Russian state television journalist Andrei Rudenko reported that there has been “strong fires and explosions… The situation is horrible,” as the Ukrainians are using the advanced and deadly systems.