US prepares $1 billion package for Ukraine as HIMARS fuels Kiev’s hopes: report

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The US will provide Ukraine with further ammunition for long-range weapons effectively targeting Russian forces as part of a bumper security package, according to a report.

Reuters said the administration of President Joe Biden plans to announce a $1 billion package, including ammunition for the US-produced M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), whose range has enabled Kiev to target important targets. To hit.

There are reportedly 16 US-supplied HIMARS in Ukraine that Kiev troops say have successfully hit Russian command centers and ammunition depots.

The new package comes through the Presidential Drawdown Authority (PDA), which allows Biden to authorize transfers of US stocks without Congressional approval.

US military personnel stand by an M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) in Riyadh during Saudi Arabia’s first World Defense Show on March 6, 2022. Reuters reported on August 5, 2022 that the US will provide munitions to Kiev’s armed forces for the weapons that successfully hit Russian targets.
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Also in the package will be NASAMS ammunition for surface-to-air missile systems and up to 50 M113 armored medical transport vehicles, 200 of which the US had previously committed to Ukraine.

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In July, the US promised to send two NASAMS, though it’s unclear whether the launchers are already in Ukraine, or whether the ammunition was destined for launchers donated by another country.

The latest US contribution, which could be announced as early as Monday, comes on top of $8.8 billion in US aid to Kiev since the war started on February 24.

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News week has contacted the Pentagon for comment.

Ukraine has praised the latest delivery of HIMARS and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky praised the amount of support his troops are receiving from the US, saying it “brings us closer to victory”.

And the TSWT reported that the HIMARS systems “rekindled Ukraine’s hopes of a counter-offensive”.

It comes as the British Ministry of Defense said on Saturday that Russia’s war against Ukraine is “about to enter a new phase”.

In their daily review, defense officials said Russian convoys of military vehicles and weapons were moving out of the eastern Donbas region and congregating in the south in anticipation of a “possible attack” or counter-offensive by Kiev.

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They said equipment was also being moved from Russian-occupied Melitopol, Berdiansk, Mariupol and from mainland Russia via the Kerch Bridge to Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014.

Battalion Tactical Groups (BTG) of up to 1,000 troops had been deployed to Crimea “and would almost certainly be used to support Russian forces in the Kherson region,” which is trying to take Ukraine out of Russian control.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian forces continued to target bridges, ammunition depots and rail links in the southern regions.

This push includes the strategically important railway linking Kherson to Crimea, as Ukraine seeks to “influence Russia’s ability to supply logistics”.

Last week, Ukrainian forces used HIMARS to hit the Antonivskiy Bridge and a nearby railway bridge over the Dnipro River in Kherson, dealing a blow to Russian forces.

News week has contacted the defense ministries of Ukraine and Russia for comment.

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