Ukraine: Horror as Putin official who carried nuclear codes found in ‘pool of blood’

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THE US has promised Ukraine eight M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (Himars) as the eastern European nation continues to fight off Russian attacks.

At least four, including the one seen firing from Zaporizhzhya on Monday, arrived in the last week of June.

The remainder are meant to arrive before the end of this month.

On Monday, the Ukrainian ministry of defence released footage of a rocket launcher firing from the middle of a highway somewhere in the Zaporizhzhya region, the rockets arching high into what looked like an early evening sky.

Russia is currently firing an estimated 20,000 artillery rounds a day compared to Ukraine’s 6,000 rounds, according to Ukrainian officials cited in a recent report by the Royal United Services Institute (Rusi).

Devastating howitzer and rocket barrages inflicted heavy casualties during the three-month battle for Severodonetsk and Lysychansk, and ultimately forced Ukraine to retreat from the Luhansk region over the weekend.

Ukraine cannot match the Russians gun for gun, even with Western weapons.

However, by targeting the ammunition supply chain, they hope to starve the enemy of shells.

The Himars have certainly been working overtime since Oleksiy Reznikov, Ukraine’s defence minister, announced their arrival on the battlefield on June 23.

On Monday morning alone, Ukraine had claimed three more strikes on ammunition dumps in the Donetsk and Kharkiv regions.

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