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Ammunition For HIMARS Included In Newly Announced $550 Million In U.S. Military Aid For Ukraine

By RFE/RL August 01, 2022

The United States on August 1 announced a new tranche of weapons for Ukraine, including ammunition for rocket launchers and artillery guns that Ukrainian military officials say have been critical in the fight to repel Russian troops and to strike their supply lines.

The new $550 million package will "include more ammunition for the high mobility advanced rocket systems otherwise known as HIMARS, as well as ammunition" for artillery, National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters at the White House.

This brings the total of military assistance committed to Ukraine since President Joe Biden took office to more than $8 billion, Kirby said.

HIMARS have a longer range and are more precise than the Soviet-era artillery that Ukraine had in its arsenal.

"To meet its evolving battlefield requirements, the United States will continue to work with its Allies and partners to provide Ukraine with key capabilities," the Pentagon said in a statement.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP

Source: https://www.rferl.org/a/himars-ammunition-us-military-aid- ukraine/31969410.html

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