The united states and her allies have pledged precision rockets and missile systems to Ukraine.
The announcement came after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy request for sophisticated weapons so his country can retain control of the eastern city of Bakhmut.
“If weapon (deliveries) are accelerated – namely long-range weapons – we will not only not withdraw from Bakhmut, we will begin to de-occupy Donbas,” he said of the region in eastern Ukraine.
A new $2.2bn package of arms and munitions was announced.The Pentagon said it included a new rocket-propelled precision bomb that could nearly double Ukraine’s strike range against Russian forces.
The ground-launched small-diameter bombs (GLSDB), which can fly up to 150 kilometres (93 miles), could threaten key Russian supply lines, arms depots and air bases far behind the front lines.
Ukraine had been asking Washington for munitions that can fly farther than the HIMARS rockets, which have an 80km range.
The GLSDBs potentially give Kyiv’s forces the ability to strike anywhere in the partly Russian-occupied Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhia and Kherson regions, and the northern part of occupied Crimea.Pre Birthday interview: Birthday Party of Haija Faidat Sarumi Akintunde
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The French defence ministry said France and Italy would deliver mobile surface-to-air missile systems in response to an urgent request from Kyiv to help protect “civilian populations and infrastructure from Russian air attacks”.
The systems, called MAMBA or SAMP, are a vehicle-mounted battery of medium-range missiles designed to offer protection from airborne threats such as missiles and crewed or uncrewed aircraft.