The United States and the United Kingdom have said that the MLRS rocket system could turn the tide for Ukraine, but Johnson acknowledged that Russia was making “significant” progress.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday called on Ukraine’s Western allies to send MLRS rocket artillery systems to stop Russia’s progress. Sending such a system would represent a major increase in the Kiev arms pipeline, but the United States is already considering such a move.
In an interview with Bloomberg, Johnson stated that the M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) platform “Activate [the Ukrainians] To defend ourselves against this brutal Russian artillery, the world must go.
“It is very important that we continue to support the Ukrainians militarily.” Johnson said. However, he did not say whether the UK would offer Kiev any of its 42 MLRS systems.
Developed jointly by the United States, United Kingdom, West Germany, France, and Israel in the late 1970’s, the M270 can launch 12 rocket salvos up to 50 miles (80 kilometers) from the back of a tracked car. About 1,300 units have been built since 1980, mostly by the United States and the rest by NATO allies in Washington and some countries in the Middle East and Asia.
Ukrainian officials did Application For the M270 system with the West and for the US-made M142 HIMARS, basically a lighter version of the M270 that can launch a single missile with six rockets or 190 miles (300 kilometers) in the same range.
The Biden administration may announce the distribution of both M270 and M142 platforms in Ukraine early next week, CNN quoted government officials as saying on Thursday. However, US officials told CNN and Reuters that Washington was concerned about the use of Ukraine M142 long-range projectiles to hit targets inside Russia. “Increased risk.”
Finding these heavy vehicles and their ammunition in Ukraine can also be problematic. Russia has announced a convoy and warehouse of Western weapons “Legitimate target” And regular air and missile strikes on stockpiles of these weapons inside Ukraine.
The MLRS and HIMARS systems are the latest weapons that the West has dubbed a potential “game changer” for Ukraine. Shoulder-powered NLAW missiles, switchblade kamikaze drones, starstrike Anti-aircraft missiles And the Turkish-built Bayraktar UAVs have been identified as a wonderful weapon, but have so far failed to turn the tide of the war against Moscow’s forces.
Since the surrender of the last Ukrainian forces in Mariupol earlier this month, Russian troops and troops from Donetsk and the Lugansk People’s Republic have occupied the main towns of Popasnaya and Liman in northern Donbass and closed Slavyansk. Meanwhile, as fighting continues in Severodonetsk and Lysichansk, Russian troops are now within a few kilometers of Bachmut’s main supply center.
Speaking to Bloomberg, Johnson claims Russia’s military progress in Donbass “Slow down,” But admitted that it was “I’m scared, obviously.”
On Wednesday, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba told foreign supporters in Kiev at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that the situation in Donbass“Too bad,” And worse if Kyiv doesn’t get MLRS units as soon as possible.