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Pentagon: Ukraine using rocket system to target Russian command posts

US Army M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS).

A senior Pentagon official has said that Ukrainian forces are successfully using US missiles to target Russian command posts.

Ukrainian forces have been having “a good deal of success” in using the US rocket systems, the US military official told reporters on Friday.

The United States and its European allies have been providing Kiev with advanced weapons, including missile systems, in past months to fight Russian military forces.

Earlier reports said US President Joe Biden provided High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), as part of a bigger military aid package to Kiev.

The official acknowledged that Ukraine was still in the very early days of using the HIMARS, but they have so far used it effectively after a brief training period that recently ended. At least four HIMARS entered Ukraine already, with four more promised. The HIMARS have a range of about 64 kilometers, allowing the Ukrainians to strike from afar and with more accuracy than the shorter-ranged artillery.

“What you see is the Ukrainians are actually systematically selecting targets and then accurately hitting them, thus providing this precise method of degrading Russian capability,” the official said, adding that Kiev forces will "continue to use this throughout Donbas.

Months ago, US President Joe Biden gave assurance that the United States will not provide Kiev with rocket systems capable of reaching Russia.

Since Russia launched its “special military operation” in Ukraine on February 24, the United States and its European allies have been sending a flood of advanced weapons into Ukraine. By obtaining more advanced weapons from the West, Kiev aims to overpower the Russians and regain the Donbas. Donbas is composed of the two breakaway regions, Donetsk and Luhansk, where pro-Russian forces declared independence.

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