The Pentagon: The Russian losses are huge and they are forced to stop the fighting to re-equip their forces
4 new HIMARS systems and precision ammunition, worth $ 400 million … and another $ 368 million in humanitarian aid
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The aid package includes 4 HIMARS missile systems in addition to the 8 systems previously acquired by Ukraine (EPA).
Washington: Elie Youssef
A senior US military official said the Russians were making “slow and erratic progress” over northern Donetsk, but it was very expensive. The official announced that the US Department of Defense (Pentagon) has agreed to provide a new $ 400 million military aid package to Ukraine, largely dedicated to the supply of long-range and high-precision weapons. He said that the Russian invasion of Ukraine had caused fierce and brutal fighting, but that the Ukrainians were forcing the Russians to pay a heavy price for every foot of land they had conquered. While he did not confirm the news that the Russians had temporarily stopped their attack, he said that the Russian army, if it counted its losses and casualties in the recent fighting, had been forced to stop and re-equip. He stressed that the Ukrainians “gave up some territory to a much larger enemy but moved to better defensive positions, and that the advantage in this kind of war lies in defense.” He stressed that this assessment is “not rosy” for the Russo-Ukrainian war, in light of criticism that the Russians are progressing in Donetsk, in spite of everything. “If you are going to describe these assessments as ‘rosy’,” he said, “I can remember, at the beginning of the war when the Russians placed more than 100 tactical groups around Ukraine, they thought they would very quickly “In fact, it was not rosy thinking, it was a mistake.” “What we found is that the Ukrainians have a will and a spirit that a large part of the people did not take into account,” the official added, adding that the fighting was fierce, and the Russians won about five miles, each foot disputed in blood.Overall, he concluded, the Ukrainians were “trapped on their feet in war with one of the largest military forces in the world, but they proved that a small country can withstand it and could in many cases repel this power and give up very little territory. “
The official confirmed that the Pentagon has agreed to provide a new $ 400 million military aid package from the Department of Defense. This package includes four HIMARS missile systems, in addition to the eight systems previously acquired by Ukraine. It also includes a new type of ammunition for the 155 mm howitzer. He added that this assistance was aimed at improving Ukraine’s ability to target Russian military assets more effectively. While US media quoted Ukrainian officials as saying that the Ukrainian forces use 5 to 6 thousand rounds of artillery daily, the official said that this type of new ammunition would greatly limit this use. The official also denied Russia’s allegations that he had destroyed one of HIMAR’s missile launchers in recent days, saying the Pentagon was locating the weapons it was supplying to Ukraine and how they were being used. Military experts said that the Russian forces are powerless against this type of missile system and have no defensive weapon against them. These missiles hit their targets accurately, have a range of about 80 kilometers, and move very fast on the ground, making it difficult to target them because they are installed on vehicles moving on wheels and not on tracks. Experts stress that the only solution to confront these missiles is to escape, which explains Russia’s insistence on trying to block these types of military supplies to Ukraine. The Secretary of the National Security Council of Ukraine, Oleksiy Danilov, stressed that the Russian army is “defenseless” in the face of the Ukrainian army’s use of “HIMARS” missiles, according to Agence France-Presse. The agency added that thanks to the first eight HIMARS missile systems acquired by Ukraine, the Ukrainian army confirmed that it could destroy more than 10 Russian ammunition depots behind the front line, in the east of the country.
On the other hand, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has announced that his country has decided to provide additional humanitarian aid worth about $ 368 million, to “support those affected by Russia’s brutal war against Ukraine. . ” He said in a statement that this additional funding came from the State Department, amounting to $ 288 million, and more than $ 80 million through the U.S. International Development Agency. It will provide food, safe drinking water, cash assistance, protection, accessible shelter, emergency health care, logistics and humanitarian coordination, he added. More than 11 million people, more than a quarter of Ukraine’s population, have been forced to flee their homes due to the unprovoked war in Russia, Blinken said, while 15.7 million people need help. “Since the beginning of President Putin’s overall war in February, the United States has provided more than $ 1.28 billion in humanitarian aid to address this crisis, and we are the largest donor of humanitarian aid to Ukraine,” he added. . “As we approach the fifth month of Russia’s brutal attack on Ukraine, we continue to call on Russia to end hostilities immediately, facilitate unimpeded humanitarian access to Ukraine and allow permanent safe passage for those. who want to flee to safety, ”he concluded.