Ukrainian Defense Minister says he “passes the test” for US long-range rockets and wants more


The Ukrainian Defense Minister said his country “passed the test” by using a U.S.-made long-range rocket system provided by recent federal aid, but more systems are needed. Insisted.

Minister Oleksii Reznikov pointed out that the conflict was primarily artillery-based and said that months of war required long-range weapons rather than short-range weapons.

“We also have a lot of losses, so we need to refresh, replace, and replace the platoon,” he says. Said In a recent interview. “We are waiting for more armor, more weapons from our partners. We need to rebuild some directions, renew the fortress and plan new operational strategies.”

The United States recently provided the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) as part of a new aid package approved by President Joe Biden. The then president claimed that Ukrainian authorities had assured the United States that Kieu’s troops would not use rocket systems to attack Russian assets in Russia.

“War is tough … we need more. We need it soon,” said Reznikov, calling HIMARS a “game changer.”

“Russians are using their MLRS, which can go 120 kilometers (80 miles),” Reznikov told The Wall Street Journal, referring to the Russian-made rocket system. “So I need something a little longer: 150 [kilometers].. I’ll get there. “

It is coming as Ukrainian leaders have pointed out that they want more and more weapons.

“They want a helicopter, and certainly attack the helicopter with it, and they want the air defense and missile defense we see from most allies and partners,” said Army Chief of Staff James McConville. Told reporters late last week. “They seem to be the abilities they want, and the more they can get, the more they want.”

Ukrainian firefighter
Firefighters spray fire on the market after bombarding in Slovyansk in the Donetsk region of Ukraine on July 5, 2022, as Russia’s attacks on Ukraine continue. (Marco Julica / Reuters)

Rocket hit apartment

At least 15 people were killed and another 20 could be trapped after a Russian Ulagan rocket crashed into a five-story apartment in the Donetsk region of Ukraine, local officials said on Sunday that rescue teams rushed into the rubble. He said he went through.

Ukraine also reported a clash with Russian troops on the eastern and southern fronts, and Moscow stores the M777 Howitzer (a type of artillery) produced in the United States near Kostantinovka in the Donetsk region. He said he had attacked a Ukrainian army hanger.

The Epoch Times could not immediately confirm the claim.

Donetsk Oblast Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said the apartment strike took place on Saturday night in the town of Chasiv Yar. Local paramedics killed 15 people on Sunday afternoon, adding that another 24 could be under the rubble.

“We rushed to the basement. At first there were three hits somewhere in the kitchen,” said the rescue team when they removed the body of the white sheet and used a crane and rubble to clean up the rubble. A local resident named Ludmila said. In their hands.

Russia, which states that it is conducting “special military operations” to demilitarize Ukraine, has denied deliberately attacking civilians. Moscow has not responded to Ukraine’s claim that Donetsk’s apartment was attacked on Sunday.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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Jack Phillips is the latest news reporter for The Epoch Times, based in New York.