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Russia Destroys More Than 100 HIMARS Missiles: Defense Ministry


Russia Destroys More Than 100 HIMARS Missiles: Defense Ministry

It was not immediately clear how significantly the alleged loss of the more than 100 HIMARS missiles would impact Ukraine as it continues to fight against Russia's advances. Both Ukraine and the U.S. have been touting the country's use of the HIMARS, which retired U.S. Army General Mark Hertling described last week as a "game changer" in the ongoing war.

A senior U.S. Defense Department official told a background briefing at the Pentagon earlier this month that the HIMARS are having a "significant impact on what's going on, on the front lines." The official, who was not named, also said that Ukraine's army was "spending a lot of time striking targets like ammunition, supplies, other logistical supplies, command and control," which have "a direct impact on the ability to conduct operations on the front line

This assessment was backed up by General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He stressed during a news conference last week that Ukrainians have been "effectively employing" the rocket launching systems, "with strikes against Russian command and control nodes, their logistical networks, their field artillery near defense sites and many other targets

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said while speaking on national television Monday that his nation's military used U.S.-supplied HIMARS to take out 50 Russian ammunition depots. A senior U.S. defense official also recently told reporters that Ukraine has used HIMARS to destroy more than 100 "high value" Russian targets such as ammo depots, long-range artillery positions, command posts, air-defense sites and radar and communications nodes.

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