LPR: Ukrainian forces hit Alchevsk using HIMARS missiles
And still, the US claims the weapons it is pouring into Ukraine are not to be used against Russian regions.
The Lugansk People’s Republic’s (LPR) mission to the Joint Center for Control and Coordination on the ceasefire regime (JCCC) reported on Sunday that Ukrainian forces shelled the city of Alchevsk using US-supplied multiple rocket launcher HIMARS.
In a statement on Telegram, the LPR mission said, "Shelling was recorded from the side of the armed formations of Ukraine: 01:35 [22:35 GMT on Saturday] at Alchevsk, with the use of MLRS [Multiple Launch Rocket System] HIMARS (3 missiles)."
Crimini ucraini 🇺🇦 in LNR, Alchevsk bombardata con HIMARS, colpita quello che sembra essere un edificio civile. Almeno un morto. pic.twitter.com/xeZ936Z9LB— Luigi Basemi 🥇 (@LBasemi) November 5, 2022
Earlier this morning, the LPR mission reported that four HIMARS missiles were fired by Ukrainian forces at Stakhanov in the Lugansk region at 07:20 local time (04:20 GMT).
So far, no reports of damages or casualties have been issued.
Independent: Ukraine forces say that they have most of the Russian threats under control, but it may be very difficult for them to deal with Iranian guided missiles— hasan mahmoudi🇮🇷🇷🇺🇨🇳 (@hasanmahmoudi10) November 6, 2022
So far, 🇷🇺 has been unable to destroy any Himars, while 🇮🇷's Arash 2 drones or Fateh 110 missiles can crush them up pic.twitter.com/tPMR4uNvtA
On October 28, the US approved a $275 million military assistance package for Ukraine, which includes HIMARS launchers, ammunition, and 155mm artillery rounds; two NASAMS (National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems) were also set to be delivered to Ukrainian soldiers once they complete their training on the systems.
On November 4, the US announced it will send another security assistance package worth $400 million to Ukraine.
“Some of the capabilities include funding to refurbish Hawk air defense missiles for inclusion in future presidential drawdown packages, 45 refurbished T-72 tanks with advanced optics, communications, and armor packages, 1,100 Phoenix Ghost tactical unmanned aerial systems, 40 armored Riverine boats, and funding to refurbish 250 M1117 armored security vehicles,” US Department of Defense Spokesperson Sabrina Singh said.
Recent updates reveal that the midterm elections in the US may have an influence on the supply of aid to Ukraine.
A poll published by The Wall Street Journal showed that Republicans are less likely to pursue efforts in supporting Ukraine in its ongoing conflict with Russia.
If Republicans win the elections, it is likely that support for Ukraine may be affected negatively.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.), who will likely be speaker if the GOP wins the majority, said last month that Congress will request greater accountability for the assistance funds delivered to Kiev.
Congressional sources told WSJ that lawmakers are considering plans to pass a multibillion-dollar aid package for Ukraine before year’s end as Democrats fear that a Republican-controlled Congress would be less supportive of such assistance.
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