Russian forces stopped with US HIMARS, Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman says soldiers are still under fire

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Ukrainian troops finally saw the light push for their war effort as the impact of US-supplied High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) successfully brought Russian troops to a halt on the front lines, Yuriy Sak, adviser to Ukraine’s defense minister, told Fox News Digital.

“They haven’t moved anywhere in the last two weeks,” Sack said in an exclusive interview. “Their offensive is pretty much stalled for now. The conclusion is that they are not capable of defeating the Ukrainian armed forces in conventional combat.”

Russia relied heavily on artillery strikes throughout the war, but Moscow’s limited ability to push forward with ground forces has led it to rely more on missile strikes against civilian areas.

Ukrainian soldiers sit at the site of a shelling of a destroyed school in Kramatorsk, Donetsk, Ukraine.  If Russia strengthened "military operation" in Ukraine on July 21, 2022, a school in Kramatorsk was hit by Russian missiles and destroyed.

Ukrainian soldiers sit at the site of a shelling of a destroyed school in Kramatorsk, Donetsk, Ukraine. When Russia stepped up its “military operation” in Ukraine, on July 21, 2022, a school in Kramatorsk was hit and destroyed by Russian missiles.
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“We managed to slow them down on the front line, we managed to stabilize the front line. But at the same time, they continue to fire rockets at cities throughout Ukraine,” the representative of the Ministry of Defense explained. “That’s why they resort to terror tactics.”

However, Sack said that Moscow’s heavy reliance on artillery and its inability to advance ground forces effectively gave Kyiv an effective operational strategy to repel Russian troops.

HIMARS became Ukraine’s best defense because it allowed Ukrainian forces to strike at Russia. where it hurts the most – its eastern and southern ammunition depots.

The M142 HIMARS proved to be particularly effective given its range of approximately 50 miles.

Missile complex reported more effective than previous artillery stationed in Ukraine, and since it is essentially a missile system mounted in the back of a truck, its high mobility makes it harder for opposing forces to the goal.

At the moment, the US has pledged to send at least 20 HIMARS to Kyiv.

“We are very grateful to the US government and the people of the US for their unparalleled support. I tell you this sincerely, from the bottom of my heart,” Sak said. “Little children in Ukraine, without exception, now know the word HIMARS.

“They will start naming their kittens and puppies HIMARS,” he added, sharply reminding how deeply every Ukrainian was affected by the war.

The launcher fires Lockheed Martin's High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) during combat training on May 23, 2011 in the high desert of Yakima Training Center, Washington.  US

The launcher fires Lockheed Martin’s High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) during combat training on May 23, 2011 in the high desert of Yakima Training Center, Washington. US
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However, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said his forces needed at least 50 systems such as HIMARS to “deter” Russian troops and at least 100 systems “for an effective counteroffensive.”

US Department of Defense officials estimated that Russia deployed 85 percent of its combat forcesbut even with military aid provided by the US and other Western countries, Sack warned that Ukraine still lacks what it needs to fight effectively.

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“Ukrainian armed forces are outnumbered and outgunned,” he said. “We still need more because the front line stretches over 2,500 km (1,500 miles). It’s huge.

“This is the distance between Warsaw in Poland and Barcelona in Spain. This distance is almost equal to the length of the US-Mexico border,” he explained for context.

Sack argued that Ukraine needed longer-range missiles, such as the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS), which has a range of roughly 185 miles.

The greater range of fire will allow Ukrainian forces to more effectively conduct a counteroffensive against Russia.

However, White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said at the Aspen Security Forum Friday that President Biden is not yet ready to supply Ukraine with certain missile systems.

“One of them is the ATACMS long-range missiles, which have a range of 300 km,” Sullivan explained.

“He does believe that while the key goal of the United States is to do whatever is necessary to support and protect Ukraine, another key goal is to ensure that we do not find ourselves in a situation where we are on the road to third world. War,” he added.

Ukrainian military fire from a towed howitzer in eastern Ukraine on July 18, 2022.

Ukrainian military fire from a towed howitzer in eastern Ukraine on July 18, 2022.
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However, Sack retracted this argument and said that Kyiv had made it clear that it did not intend to strike targets within Russia’s internationally recognized borders.

“We just want to de-occupy our land and we want to be able to protect our people,” he told Fox News Digital via Ukraine Frontline Media Platformwho helped arrange an interview with the official.

A defense ministry spokesman said Ukraine needed more than just advanced missile systems to counter Russian forces.

Defense systems, armored vehicles, tanks and modern combat aircraft are essential if Kyiv wants to liberate its occupied territories.

The Ministry of Defense has broken down its strategy on Ukraine into three distinct operational objectives, including the stabilization of the eastern front in order to liberate the temporarily occupied territories.

The second component is the “gradual liberation” of the occupied territories in southern Ukraine and, finally, the preservation of the security of the northern border.

“We understand that we cannot sacrifice one of these components and take risks and hope that nothing happens. We have always been ready for any turn of events, because we know what is in front of us very unpredictable and insane enemySak said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and NATO officials argue that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine is not only an encroachment on Kyiv’s sovereignty, but also a threat to the Western world.

Ukrainian soldiers in a truck on the Donbass front line Donetsk, Ukraine, July 23, 2022.

Ukrainian soldiers in a truck on the Donbass front line Donetsk, Ukraine, July 23, 2022.
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Sack said that for this reason, it is imperative that allied countries do not withhold their military assistance to Ukraine.

“We cannot allow this war to develop into a frozen conflict,” he warned. “It will be like a ticking time bomb. It will simply give Russia time to regroup, rearm and strike again.

“This is a war that we must win on the battlefield with the help of our international partners,” Sak said.