The United States made up its mind to supply Ukraine with the so-called Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS).
Ukrainians have been asking for this and it has the potential to help them defeat the Russian invaders.
The so-called MLRS would allow defenders of Ukraine to strike Russian forces from much further, compared to any of the missile launcher and artillery weapons Ukrainians have at present.
Russians Paying Dearly for Last-Ditch Offensive
Reports that the US government is now going ahead with supplying Ukraine with MLRS come against the backdrop of crucial developments in the Russian invasion started by Putin on February 24.
Russians have continued to suffer devastating losses. On Saturday morning, the latest brief from the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense showed they surpassed the grim milestone of 30,000 Russian soldiers killed.
Besides that, Putin’s hordes lost a stupefying amount of military equipment – about 8,500 units – so much so that they are now pulling out antiquated 60-year-old T-62 tanks of Soviet-era stockpiles.
On Friday alone, the Ukrainians shot down one Su-35, Russia’s best fighter jet worth $85 million, plus four Russian attack helicopters.
"I think it could be a gamechanger, to be honest with you," @RepJasonCrow tells @CNN regarding the need to provide MRLS systems to Ukraine. I fully agree – if we had these weapons now we could prevent at least 50 killed and 300 wounded soldiers daily https://t.co/q4iBW3xOT9
— Daria Kaleniuk (@dkaleniuk) May 27, 2022
Russia has been pulverizing Ukrainian positions with MLRS like these. The US has been refusing to supply US equivalents. CNN reports the US is “leaning toward” sending them. But the Russians have the momentum now pic.twitter.com/2fWusV8L0M
— Liz Sly (@LizSly) May 26, 2022
My sixth sense tell me that some MRLS are already crossing ukrainian border and others are on the way.
Just my sixth sense who uknow the American military style for delivery.
Again, U.S + Baltic+former communist eastern countries, holding the front with ukraine! Honor!!!!! pic.twitter.com/ZhHcnIaIKq
— Patricia Marins (@pati_marins64) May 28, 2022
The only way Russia is progressing in the east is by reducing towns and villages to rubble with it's artillery and claiming rubble as victory. The sooner these MRLS are sent to Ukraine the better.
— FINN JORDAN (@SiunanLFC82) May 28, 2022
Biden Could’ve Given This to Ukraine Weeks Ago
On Saturday morning, the General Staff of Ukraine’s military was clear it is likely to withdraw Ukrainian troops from the twin cities of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk in order to save them from encirclement by the Russians.
It is against that backdrop that CNN and the New York Times revealed the US government is expected to ship the much-desired, badly needed MLRS to Ukraine this upcoming week.
The reports citing unnamed officials from the Biden administration noted the MLRS in question will be “a game-changer,” as they will allow Ukrainians to strike Russian invaders from hundreds of miles away.
Besides the MRLS, Ukrainians also requested from the US, and seem poised to receive, the so-called HIMARS, which is a more mobile and lighter missile system that can fire ammunition, similar to the MRLS.
According to the insider sources, the Biden administration could have supplied the defenders of Ukraine with the badly needed weapons weeks ago.
However, there have been concerns by pro-Russian figures at the US National Security Council that Ukrainians may use those to fire inside Russian territory.
The latter may hardly be described as a serious objection, considering the vicious genocidal war that Russia started against Ukraine for no legitimate reason whatsoever.
Ukrainian leadership has been careful to avoid any attacks whatsoever on the Russian civilian population. This would make it seem like an aggressor in its own right and deliver fertile food for Moscow’s evil propaganda.
The Ukrainians’ careful approach in question has been visible from their espionage and sabotage campaign in Russia. This has seen some 40 high-profile Russian facilities connected with Putin’s war effort set on fire or even blown up.
— Mick Ryan, AM (@WarintheFuture) May 28, 2022
The US will send HIMARS to Kyiv, likely loaded with M31 GMLRS rockets that each carry 200 lbs of explosives – slightly more than the 192 lb TNT equivalent in a Mk-82 500-lb bomb. By comparison, 155-mm artillery shells carry about 18 lbs of explosives each. https://t.co/yYdS85djl9
— John Ismay (@johnismay) May 27, 2022
News: The Biden admin is preparing to send Ukraine advanced, long-range rocket systems—known as MLRS and HIMARS—that are now the top request from Ukrainian officials, multiple officials say.
Approval could be announced as soon as next week. https://t.co/wma6skIx8X
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) May 26, 2022
These are the indicative estimates of Russia’s combat losses as of May 28, according to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/amu2h8CKK8
— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) May 28, 2022