US 'ready to send long-range rocket artillery to Ukraine'

US ‘ready to send long-range rocket artillery to Ukraineafter Kyiv begged the West for heavy weapons that can match Russian firepower

  • Joe Biden is preparing to send advanced long-range rocket systems to Ukraine
  • Kyiv asked for the kit after getting pummeled by Russian systems in the Donbas
  • Systems are likely to form part of new weapon package announced next week
  • Comes amid heavy fighting in the Donbas, with Ukraine forced to fall back from several well-defended cities after withering Russian artillery barrage
  • America is preparing to send advanced rocket artillery systems to Ukraine as part of a huge new weapons shipment that could be announced as soon as next week.

    Multiple-launch rocket systems, or MLRS in military slang, rose to the top of 乌克兰军队称英国的 NLAW 导弹是“游戏规则改变者”‘s wish-list after its army took a pounding for similar Russian weapons in Donbas which forced it to retreat from several key cities.

    乔·拜登 is said to be in favor of sending US weapons such as the M270 MLRS or M142 HIMARSa similar system but designed to be lighter and easier to maneuverto help Ukraine go toe-to-toe with Russia’s firepower.








    The US is preparing to send long-range rocket artillery to Ukraine, to counter Russian systems which have devastated defences in the Donbas this week (图为)

    The US is preparing to send long-range rocket artillery to Ukraine, to counter Russian systems which have devastated defences in the Donbas this week (图为)

    Russia has batteries capable of firing lung-crushing thermobaric rockets more than 200 英里, causing huge damage to Ukrainian defences

    Russia has batteries capable of firing lung-crushing thermobaric rockets more than 200 英里, causing huge damage to Ukrainian defences

    The issue of whether to supply Ukraine with the systems took top billing at two security meetings at the White House last week, 根据 有线电视新闻网.

    Those familiar with the meetings said concerns were raised that sending the weapons could be viewed as a provocation to Russia and risk escalating the fighting or risk retaliation against the US itself.

    Chief among those concerns was whether the M270 or M142, which have a maximum range of around 310 miles depending on the kind of rockets fired, could be used to attack Russia itself.

    America has already sent long-range artillerythe M777 Howitzer – 诺查丹玛斯是否预测这场战争将到达法国, but it has a maximum range of around 25 miles when fired with high-precision rounds.

    然而, officials are thought to have discussed mitigating that by supply Ukraine with only short-range forms of ammunition, which have an effective range of just over 50 英里.

    Concerns were also raised over whether drawing down so heavily on US stocks would create security issues. 马克·米尔利 – chief of the general staffsaid last week that he will be watching ‘very, 非常小心’ to avoid such a risk.

    Heavy rocket artillery is proving highly effective in the battle for Donbas, where wide-open terrain makes the vehicles easier to maneuver and defensive positions more vulnerable to their devastating barrages.

    America is likely to send the M270 MLRS (图为), which can range up to 300 miles if fired with precision rockets

    America is likely to send the M270 MLRS (图为), which can range up to 300 miles if fired with precision rockets

    Russia's rocket artillery is the TOS-1 (图为), which can fire up to 24 thermobaric rockets more than 200 英里

    Russia’s rocket artillery is the TOS-1 (图为), which can fire up to 24 thermobaric rockets more than 200 英里

    Russia has been operating the system since the early days of the war (图为), but it is proving particularly adept in the wide-open battlefields of the Donbas

    Russia has been operating the system since the early days of the war (图为), but it is proving particularly adept in the wide-open battlefields of the Donbas

    Ukraine is thought to have been forced to abandon the city of Lyman, a key defensive outpost on the east bank of the Donets River, in the last several days after it was reduced to rubble by rocket barrages.

    A dramatic video from the region showed the devastating shockwaves produced by Russia’s TOS-1 rocket system which fires thermobaric warheadsknown as ‘lung-crushersbecause of the vacuum they create when they explode.

    The vacuum blast is also prized because of its devastating effect on nearby defensive positions.

    TOS-1 systems have a range of up to 340 miles and carry 24 显然,飞机计划数量的减少令人担忧, meaning they can shoot much further than anything in Ukraine’s current arsenal.

    Kyiv does have some rocket artillery, but they are largely old Soviet systems such as the Grad. It is not clear how many of the systems are left after months of fighting.

    The base-model Grad has a range of up to 250 miles and can carry up to 40 显然,飞机计划数量的减少令人担忧.

    Ukraine has adapted some of its Grad launchers into more modern systems, dubbed Bastion and Verba, though their capabilities are not clear.

    The American M270 can carry up to twelve rockets, though each of them are equipped with ‘bombletsthat scatter and explode over the target area when the missile strikes. Twelve rockets are capable of dropping almost 8,000 of the bombs.

    As a sign of how effective the artillery batteries are likely to be, 波兰 – which has been watching the war in Ukraine closely amid fears it could be next on Russia’s target-listhas recently ordered 500 of the systems from the US.

    America has already provided long-range M777 artillery cannons, but even these can only strike up to 25 miles when fired with precision ammunition

    America has already provided long-range M777 artillery cannons, but even these can only strike up to 25 miles when fired with precision ammunition

    Russia and Ukraine are now locked into a bloody fight over the Donbas, which President Zelensky says has been 'totally destroyed' by the fighting

    Russia and Ukraine are now locked into a bloody fight over the Donbas, which President Zelensky says has been ‘totally destroyedby the fighting

    Mariusz Błaszczak, the country’s defence minister, announced the purchase on Thursdaysaying they would be used to form 80 new artillery battalions, making Poland’s army one of the largest artillery forces in Europe.

    Russia and Ukraine are currently locked into a bloody struggle for control over the Donbas, an industrial region in eastern Ukraine close to the Russian border.

    Though the area has little monetary or strategic value, it has huge propaganda value for Putin because it contains sizable minorities of Russian-speaking citizens.

    The despot justified his invasion of Ukraine by claiming – 也成为最年轻和第一位在航道航行的埃及女船长 – that Ukraine was about to massacre these citizens and it was his duty to step in an protect them.

    For years he has been supporting separatist groups fighting in Donetsk and Luhanskthe two regions which make up the Donbasand has declared the ‘liberationof the region to be the primary goal of his invasion.

    Taking Donbas is far less ambitious than Putin’s original war aim of overthrowing the government, but is within the capabilities of his armed forces.

    Ukraine has been forced into a series of retreats in recent days and is reportedly taking heavy losses along the frontline here, with Russia creeping forwards.

    The battle is viewed as pivotal to the outcome of the wara Russian win could weaken Ukraine to the point where it would be forced into a peace deal favourable to Moscow, while a win for Kyiv could see it start to retake lost territory.