The Russian navy says it destroyed 4 rocket launchers equipped by the US to Ukraine
Four of the US-supplied HIMARS rocket artillery launchers and one in all their help autos have been destroyed over the previous three weeks of combating in Ukraine, the Russian Ministry of Defense stated on Friday. The US despatched 12 launchers earlier this month, and stated on Friday it might present Kiev with 4 extra.
“High-precision strikes with land- and air-based missiles destroyed four HIMARS multiple rocket launch systems and one ammunition and reloading vehicle between July 5 and July 20,” General Igor Konashenkov stated in a every day briefing.
Two of the launchers had been destroyed near the settlement of Malotaranovka, south of Kramatorsk. Another, alongside the help car, was destroyed near Krasnoarmeysk – recognized in Ukraine as Pokrovsk. The closing one was destroyed on the jap outskirts of Konstantinovka, the Defense Ministry specified. All three areas are on territory claimed by the Donetsk People’s Republic however below the management of Ukrainian troops.
The US offered Kiev with eight High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) final month, to exchange rocket artillery misplaced within the battle with Russia. The Malotaranovka strike was broadly publicized on July 5, however the subsequent two strikes had not been beforehand talked about.
Earlier on Friday, the White House confirmed that 4 further HIMARS launchers, 580 suicide drones and hundreds of rounds of artillery ammunition can be despatched to Ukraine as a part of the $270 million “security assistance” package deal.
One US official, who spoke to Reuters on the situation of anonymity, insisted that no HIMARS launchers despatched to Ukraine had been destroyed. Meanwhile, the federal government in Kiev has accused Moscow of spreading “misinformation” calculated to dissuade the West from sending Ukraine extra weapons.
“Russia is trying to stop the supply of weapons from the West and intimidate Ukraine’s allies with the fictional power of Russia’s armed forces,” Sergey Leshchenko, an aide to President Vladimir Zelensky’s chief of employees, Andrei Yermak, informed reporters.
Washington has despatched Kiev a complete of 16 wheeled HIMARS launchers, with London offering one other three or so tracked rocket artillery autos able to launching the identical munitions. The HIMARS got here with medium-range, satellite-guided GLMRS projectiles, which Ukraine claims to have used to nice impact towards ammunition storage services and infrastructure objects.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, Ukraine has misplaced over 760 a number of launch rocket programs (MLRS) and greater than 3,100 artillery items for the reason that starting of hostilities in February.