Pentagon Secretly Modified Rockets Sent To Ukraine To Avert Escalation

U.S. has sent 20 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems to Kyiv since June

  • The Pentagon covertly modified the advanced rocket systems it provided to Ukraine to prevent the weapons from having the capability of firing into Russia and to avoid an escalation in the conflict.
  • Since June, the United States has supplied Kyiv with 20 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, which have been uniquely modified so they are unable to fire long-range missiles.
  • In announcing the shipment of the rockets to Ukraine at the end of May, President Joe Biden said they would only be used for defense and that the U.S. was “not going to send to Ukraine rocket systems that strike into Russia.”
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