Ukraine hopes to receive 300-km range missiles for HIMARS MLRS, Ukrainian Defence Minister Alexei Reznikov said in an interview with The Financial Times.
According to him, HIMARS systems have changed the course of the conflict. Ukraine used HIMARS to strike Russian ammunition depots and military bases, Reznikov said.
The United States did not want to supply MLRS missiles with a range of 80 kilometers to Ukraine, fearing an escalation of the conflict, he said.
"I think it's a step-by-step movement. We give them proof that we can use it with precision and sophistication and we get more, and longer range," the minister said.
Earlier, Ukrainian MP Fyodor Venislavsky, a member of the parliamentary committee on national security, defense and intelligence, denied that Ukraine had received missiles with a range of 300 kilometers from the United States. The MP pointed out that Kyiv was currently negotiating with Washington on the need to provide longer-range missiles. Ukraine has every chance to get them, he added.
The US Department of Defense announced that Washington would provide Kyiv with another military aid package worth $400 million, including four HIMARS MLRS systems mounted on wheeled chassis, as well as ammunition and artillery shells. The US department clarified that the total number of HIMARS MLRS provided to Kyiv reached 12.
The Ukrainian army is pulling back its forces beyond Chasov Yar, where they regroup and retreat to bases in Kramatorsk