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U.S. to Send Longer-Range Rockets to Ukraine

HeadlineJun 01, 2022

The U.S. has announced it will send an advanced artillery rocket system to Ukraine that can strike targets up to almost 50 miles away. The rocket system is part of a new $700 million U.S. military package for Ukraine that also includes Javelin short-range anti-tank rockets, artillery ammunition, helicopters and air surveillance radar. The White House said Ukraine has given assurances that it will not use the new rocket system to attack targets inside Russia. Russia blasted the U.S. arms package for Ukraine, saying the U.S. is “deliberately pouring oil on the fire.”

The Wall Street Journal reports France and Germany are also expressing increasing concern over the shipment of more heavy weapons to Kyiv over increasing skepticism that Ukraine can expel Russia from the Donbas region. Unlike the U.S. and U.K., France and Germany have been pushing for a negotiated ceasefire to end the war.

This comes as Russia appears closer to seizing the city of Severodonetsk in eastern Ukraine. On Tuesday, the governor of Luhansk said Russia has seized most of the industrial city, which has been devastated by weeks of shelling.

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