Ukraine HIMARS Destroyed Over 100 ‘High Value’ Russian Targets

Ukraine successfully used High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) to eliminate more than 100 “high-value” Russian targets, including ammunition dumps, long-range artillery positions, outposts command, air defense sites and radar and communications nodes, a senior US defense official told reporters.

The United States has provided Ukraine with HIMARS as part of billions of dollars in military assistance to support the Eastern European nation as it defends against invasion from Moscow. Russian President Vladimir Putin launched the internationally condemned war nearly five months ago on February 24, bizarrely claiming that the Kyiv government is run by Nazis. In reality, the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, is Jewish and members of his family were killed during the Holocaust.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, a senior US defense official quoted by reporters with Reuters, PBS, CNN and Fox News said the HIMARS had a significant impact on Ukraine’s fight against Russia. The official said more than a hundred “high-value” targets had already been taken out by the Ukrainian military with the weapons system.

In addition, the official said Ukraine managed to eliminate “hundreds” of colonels, “many” generals and “thousands” of lieutenants and captains.

“They can’t go on forever,” the official said of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. “They’ve spent a lot of their smarter ammo… Their abilities are getting dumber.”

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High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) have helped Ukraine eliminate more than 100 “high-value” Russian targets, according to a senior US defense official. Above, two bursts of HIMARS fire during the second annual “African Lion” military exercise in the Tan-Tan region of southwestern Morocco on June 30.
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On Wednesday, General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters that Ukraine’s use of HIMARS was “degrading” Russia’s capabilities.

“These strikes routinely degrade Russia’s ability to supply its troops, command and control its forces, and wage its unlawful war of aggression,” Milley said. He also said Moscow has so far failed to destroy any of the rocket systems. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced that more HIMARS would also be sent to Ukraine.

Lt. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, an official representative of the Russian Defense Ministry, recently told Russian news agency TASS that the Moscow military destroyed a launcher and the loading vehicle of an American-made HIMARS. On Friday, Russia claimed to have destroyed four HIMARS.

Newsweek contacted the Russian Foreign Ministry for comment.

Serhiy Haidai, the governor of Ukraine’s Luhansk region, said Newsweek last week that Russian forces have been in “panic mode” since the HIMARS arrived in Ukraine.

Despite the much larger Russian military and its seemingly more advanced stockpile of weapons, Ukraine managed to repel the initial invasion from Moscow. Putin and other Kremlin officials allegedly mistakenly believed that their military could quickly take control of the Eastern European nation and topple Zelensky’s government.

Russia was forced to reconsider its ambitions and to concentrate on the east of the country. Putin’s troops have made more significant progress there. But military analysts said Russia continues to make mistakes and suffer heavy losses for such minimal success.

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