Ukraine warns Russia of massive missile strikes after US rockets land

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Oleksii Reznikov hailed the arrival of High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) sent as military aid to the Eastern European nation by the United States, launching a terrible warning to the forces of Russian President Vladimir Putin attacking his country.

Putin launched the full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24, prompting swift international condemnation and global backlash. Although Russia was largely unsuccessful in its initial push to take control of the Eastern European nation, it has made more progress in recent weeks after refocusing its efforts on Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region.

In response to the unprovoked Russian aggression, US and NATO allies quickly provided billions of dollars in military and humanitarian aid to Kyiv. Thursday, Reznikov announcement the arrival of the HIMARS weapons, which can hit targets around 50 miles away, in a Twitter post.

“HIMARS has arrived in Ukraine. Thanks to my colleague and friend @SecDef Lloyd J. Austin III for these powerful tools! wrote the Ukrainian official.

“Summer will be hot for Russians [sic] occupants. And the last for some of them,” he added ominously. Reznikov included a photo of a rocket being launched.

The four HIMARS came as part of a billion-dollar aid package announced by the White House earlier this month. CBS News reported Wednesday that the White House plans to announce that additional HIMARS will be sent to Ukraine. Since February, the United States has already pledged some $5.6 billion in aid to the country.

“We will deepen our support for Ukraine’s armed forces in today’s combat, and we will build their enduring strength for the dangers of tomorrow,” US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said in remarks on May 15. June in Belgium.

“By working together, we can help Ukraine defend itself against Russia’s cruel onslaught,” he said.

Ukraine’s foreign minister on Thursday applauded the arrival of US-sent HIMARS weapons Above, Ukrainian troops fire ground-to-ground MLRS rockets at Russian positions on a frontline in the eastern region of Donbass on June 7.
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Putin and other top Russian leaders bizarrely justified their invasion of Ukraine by claiming the country was ruled by Nazis. In reality, Ukrainian President Voldymyr Zelensky is Jewish and had family members who died in the Holocaust genocide perpetrated by the German Nazis during World War II. When Zelensky was elected in 2019 – with nearly 75% of the vote – Kyiv’s prime minister was also Jewish.

The Russian president suggested he aimed to reconstitute the historic Russian empire, referring to Peter the Great who ruled from 1682 to 1725. Putin argued that Ukraine should not be considered a sovereign nation. He claimed it should be part of Russia, although the country has been independent since 1991 after leaving the now defunct Soviet Union.

Newsweek contacted the Russian Foreign Ministry for comments.

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