John Kirby emphasized that these systems are important for defense against Russian artillery.
The White House said the next deliveries of multiple launch rocket systems HIMARS to Ukraine are very likely.
This was stated by the coordinator for strategic communications of the US National Security Council, John Kirby, reports Ukrainian service of the Voice of America.
“I think you will see new deliveries of systems like HIMARS in the future. It is very likely. I don’t want to get ahead of the specific announcement, but President Biden made it very clear to President Zelensky that we will help them as much as we can, and as quickly how is that possible,” Kirby said.
He also stressed that defense supplies are arriving in Ukraine at a record speed.
“These weapons are coming in at a record rate, we’ve never seen anything like it before, it’s unprecedented – the speed with which security assistance reaches the front lines of the war in Ukraine. There are literally daily deliveries, and not only from the United States, we are simply the most a big donor, but more than 40 other countries from around the world are also providing assistance to Ukraine in various forms,” Kirby said.
According to him, HIMARS are important in Ukraine’s defense system against Russian artillery.
“The biggest difference between these systems – high mobility missile systems – is the radius, the distance. When it comes to the war in the Donbass, this is a fairly flat region where both troops depend on artillery. HIMARS will give the Ukrainian military the ability to stand at a distance so that they physically had some room for better maneuver and better defense against Russian artillery, which has a longer range than Ukrainian artillery,” Kirby said.
As UNIAN reported, Ukraine received the first multiple launch rocket systems HIMARS from the United States.