August 2, 2022

Ukrainian intelligence allowed consultations with the United States before HIMARS strikes

By Azlyrics

The Armed Forces of Ukraine are likely to consult with Washington before launching strikes from HIMARS, Ukrainian intelligence said. The US may cancel the use of systems if they consider the strike on the selected target undesirable, said the representative of the department

The Ukrainian military is likely to consult with the United States before using multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) HIMARS, which can cancel the strike if they are dissatisfied with the intended target . This was stated by Telegraph representative of the main intelligence department of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Vadym Skibitsky.

“I can't tell you if we're targeting British and American satellites directly, but we have very good satellite images <…> We have very good cooperation with our partners in the UK in this area. We have very good connections with all kindred intelligence agencies, — he said.

Skibitsky noted that the Armed Forces of Ukraine use real-time data to strike HIMARS. At the same time, Washington is not engaged in direct goal-setting for the delivered weapons systems, since the United States does not want to be considered a participant in the conflict, he stressed.

About two weeks ago, in mid-July, the relevant accusations were voiced in the Russian Foreign Ministry. The Ukrainian military launched strikes with HIMARS “with the direct assistance of the American side,” said agency spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, stressing that Washington not only provided the necessary intelligence for this, but also “secretly seconded instructors who helped representatives of the Kyiv regime to properly aim.”

The deliveries of HIMARS in Ukraine were approved by the American authorities in early June, and the Pentagon then promised to transfer the necessary data for strikes and MLRS to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. By the end of July, Kyiv received 12 systems. “This is part of more than 20 [installations] that the US and our allies have pledged to hand over. We have also trained 200 Ukrainians in the use of HIMARS, and more are being trained,»— noted the chairman of the Committee of Chiefs of Staff of the US Armed Forces, General Mark Milley. He added at the time that the Donbass was “not lost” for Ukraine.

In mid-July, the pro-Russian military-civilian administration of the Kakhovka district reported that the Armed Forces of Ukraine had hit a warehouse with saltpeter. Deputy head of the CAA Kateryna Gubareva said that the Ukrainian military fired from the American HIMARS multiple launch rocket system, killing five people.

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Official Moscow has repeatedly criticized the supply of arms to Ukraine by Western countries. President Vladimir Putin considered that in this process the desire of the West is manifested “to drag out as far as possible” conflict in Ukraine. At the same time, the Kremlin said that the weapons supplied to Ukraine are not enough to prevent Russia from achieving its goals during the special operation

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