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Bipartisan group of senators call for more advanced artillery for Ukraine

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This week, a bipartisan appeal by four senators urged the US Department of Defense to send more advanced artillery rocket systems and munitions to Ukraine to support its efforts to repel a Russian invasion.

In a letter, the senses. Americans Rob Portman (R-OH), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) lobbied Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III to send more than the four M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) agreed to by the Biden administration earlier this month. Although this decision was wise, in their opinion the number was too low, considering the amount of artillery ordered by the Russian forces. Whether it’s HIMARS or a similar rocket system like the M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS), they said these systems could help balance the odds between Ukrainian and Russian forces.

“The outcome of Russia’s war against Ukraine will depend on how firmly the West supports Ukrainian forces,” the senators wrote. “Following the incredible defeat of the first Russian attempts to overthrow the elected Ukrainian government and take over the entire nation, the needs of the battlefield have naturally evolved, and we must be nimble to meet these changing needs. Accordingly, we call on you to urgently supply a significant number of additional artillery rocket systems to Ukraine.

To date, the United States has provided about $5.6 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion in February – an invasion that Russia insists is This is a security operation but has been denounced by governments around the world. Despite early analysts’ expectations, Ukraine repelled Russian attacks in the north and on its capital, Kyiv. Since then, the war has been stalled in the eastern region of Donbass and along the southern coast of Ukraine.

Despite Ukraine’s early successes, Russia continues to eclipse it in terms of artillery, as well as air and naval power. HIMARS is a mobile artillery rocket system that requires extensive training to operate. Ukraine’s needs are urgent, the senators stressed, and leveling the playing field for artillery would give a massive boost to its efforts — and could even inspire similar additional donations from other allies and partners.