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Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Germany: The US, UK and Germany Joint Statement on Ukraine Support

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Joint statement of the United States Department of Defense, the Ministry of Defense of the Federal Republic of Germany, and the Ministry of Defence of the United Kingdom:

 

The United States, United Kingdom, and Germany are deeply committed to supporting Ukraine as it defends itself against Russia’s unprovoked invasion. Russia has shifted its focus to the Donbas region, engaging in a systematic long-range rocket and artillery barrage against defensive Ukrainian military positions and civilian infrastructure. 

 

To help Ukraine defend its citizens and sovereign territory, the United States, United Kingdom, and Germany have committed to provide Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS) with Guided MLRS (GMLRSGuided Multiple Launch Rocket System) rockets. Ukraine has specifically requested this capability, which will allow the Ukrainian Armed Forces to engage the invading force with accurate fire at ranges of approximately 70 kilometers. 

 

The United States announced on June 1, 2022 that it would provide four M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) and GMLRSGuided Multiple Launch Rocket System munitions. On June 6, the United Kingdom announced it would donate three M270 MLRS launchers with GMLRSGuided Multiple Launch Rocket System munitions. 

 

And today, Minister of Defense Christine Lambrecht announced that Germany would transfer three M270 Mittleres Artillerie Raketen System (MARS) launchers at the Ukraine Defence Contact Group in Brussels, Belgium GMLRSGuided Multiple Launch Rocket System ammunition from Bundeswehr stocks. 

 

The transfer of these MLRS systems, and the associated training our three countries will provide to Ukrainian operators is crucial to Ukraine’s self-defense. The necessary training has already begun on the U.S. HIMARS and UK M270 systems for their deployment in the coming weeks, and training on the German MARS launchers will begin very soon so the systems and their Ukrainian crews can be deployed urgently and without delay. 

 

The transfer of these MLRS systems, and the associated training our three countries will provide to Ukrainian operators is crucial to Ukraine’s self-defense. The necessary training has already begun on the U.S. HIMARS and UK M270 systems for their deployment in the coming weeks, and training on the German MARS launchers will begin very soon so the systems and their Ukrainian crews can be deployed urgently and without delay.

Source: BMVG.DE

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