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US Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley made the announcement at the end of the third meeting of the Ukrainian Defense Contact Group, held at NATO headquarters in Belgium. He said: “By the end of this month, we will transfer HIMARS systems, ammunition, trained crews for operational use in the defense of Ukraine.” The M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) can launch a rocket capable of traveling up to 80 km.

The weapons are mounted on a truck and can carry a container with six rockets.

Up to 60 Ukrainians have reportedly been trained in the use of the HIMARS rocket system, according to Joint Chiefs of Staff Milley.

The system has been described as “game changing”, and the shipments are part of a $700m (£566m) package the US is sending to Ukraine.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III told the meeting that HIMARS “will significantly enhance Ukraine’s capabilities – especially when combined with additional donations of NATO-standard rocket systems.” of the United Kingdom and our other allies”.

He also noted that Ukraine has requested weapons with new capabilities, including long-range weapons.

Mr Milley said the United States had also trained 420 Ukrainian personnel on the M777 howitzers and 300 on the M109 self-propelled howitzers.

Howitzers are a long-range weapon that the United States has already provided.

The country also sent over 60,000 Javelin anti-tank weapons, 5,000 Stinger missiles, 700 Switchblade drones, 20 Mi-17 helicopters to Ukraine.

It also shipped over hundreds of thousands of small arms ammunition.

Milley noted at the meeting how the United States had trained 129 Ukrainian personnel on M113 armored personnel carriers, 100 on unmanned aerial systems.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson also said today as he landed in Kyiv that Britain planned to lead a program to train thousands of Ukrainian troops.

He could see up to 10,000 troops trained every 120 days and help Ukraine’s military ramp up its deployment, rebuild its forces and strengthen the fight against Putin.

This comes as the Russian army would struggle on the battlefield.

The head of the British armed forces, Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, claimed that Russia had already “strategically lost” the war.

He told PA Media: “Russia has already strategically lost. NATO is stronger, Finland and Sweden are trying to join.

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Sir Tony added: “The Russian machine is progressing, and it is gaining a few – two, three, five – kilometers every day.

“And Russia has vulnerabilities because it lacks personnel, it lacks high-tech missiles.

“President Putin used about 25% of the power of his army to win a tiny piece of territory and 50,000 dead or wounded. Russia is failing.

According to Ukraine’s estimates, around 15,000 Russian troops have been killed in the fighting so far, with most casualties due to a mix of missteps.

Ukraine estimates that 10,000 of its own soldiers have died since the invasion began in February, meaning Russia has lost 50% more of its army.

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