US sends $550 million in military aid to Ukraine, including HIMARS munitions

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US officials announced an additional $550 million. in military aid will be sent to Ukraine, including 75,000 rounds of 155 mm artillery ammunition and additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS).

Four more HIMARS missiles, which have a longer range and are more accurate than old Soviet-era artillery rocket systems, arrived in Ukraine on Monday morning.

“We have proven we can handle these weapons,” Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov tweeted on Monday morning.

Ukrainian forces have Reznikov previously said the system had destroyed at least 50 Russian ammunition depots since June.

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At the end of July, Ukrainians, with the help of HIMARS, damaged the Antonovsky Bridge, a key crossing that joins Russian forces in the occupied Kherson region to the Crimean peninsula.

PHOTOS: In this May 23, 2011 file photo, a launcher fires Lockheed Martin's High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) during a combat exercise in the high desert of Yakima Training Center, Washington.

PHOTOS: In this May 23, 2011 file photo, a launcher fires Lockheed Martin’s High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) during a combat exercise in the high desert of Yakima Training Center, Washington.
(Tony Overman/Olympian via AP)

“[The Ukrainians are] spending a lot of time hitting targets such as ammunition stockpiles, other logistics, command and control,” a senior US military official told reporters on the phone last month.

“All these things have a direct impact on the ability to conduct frontline operations. So I would say yes, although they don’t fire HIMARS on the front lines, they have a very, very significant impact on it. .”

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Biden administration sent more than $8 billion in security aid to Ukraine after the Russian invasion, including Javelin anti-tank missiles, Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, drones and thousands of small arms.

Reuters contributed to this report.