Ukraine ‘passed test’ on new US guided rockets, needs more


Ukraine’s defense minister said his country had “passed the test” with its successful use of recently delivered US long-range artillery systems, but stressed that the high attrition rate along its broad line at the front had made the demand for additional supplies, such as armored vehicles and drones, more urgent.

That’s according to Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov, who spoke to The Wall Street Journal.

Oleksii Reznikov said the need for longer-range weapons continues to outpace Ukrainian demand for shorter-range systems as the war turns primarily into an artillery battle, and more will be needed. ‘they want to take back the territory lost since the invasion of Russia on February 29. 24.

“We have to refresh our platoons and change them and make replacements too because we have a lot of casualties too,” he said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. “We expect more armor, more weapons from our partners. We need to rebuild some directions and refresh our fortifications and plan a new operational strategy.

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He said the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, the long-range launchers known as Himars, had been a game-changer, allowing Ukraine to target Russian forces in the northeastern town of Izyum. is, but added, “War is grim… We need more. We need it fast.

The minister noted that the Ukrainian military needs to persuade the country’s Western partners that it can effectively use the new weapons. Successful strikes against Russian warships and command and control posts have shown that the military has passed the test, the defense chief stressed.

“The Russians use their MLRS, which can travel 120 kilometers,” Reznikov said, referring to Russian-made multiple launch rocket systems. “So we need to have something a bit longer: 150 [kilometers]. We will get there.”

He also said drones, including those sent by the United States and other partners, are constantly blocked by Russia and lack the necessary counter-jamming software to gain the upper hand.

Mr Reznikov described the Battle of Kharkiv as a problem for Ukraine, saying its location along the border allowed Russian forces to fire long-range systems at the region from Russian soil, often to the detriment of civil and residential areas.

“Our anti-missile systems can fight with their ballistic and cruise missiles – it’s not 100% but we can get them. But we cannot close the sky against their MLRS.

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As Ukrinform reported earlier, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces thanked the United States for its decision to send four more HIMARS launchers to help the nation defend against the Russian onslaught.


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