Ukraine has confirmed that the US-donated High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) has now arrived. This comes after Ukraine had requested the west to replenish their supply of heavy weaponry with longer-ranged munitions to push the Russians back as the fighting rages on in the eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov expressed his gratitude through a tweet sent out on June 23:

“HIMARS have arrived to Ukraine. Thank you to my 🇺🇲 colleague and friend @SecDef Lloyd J. Austin III for these powerful tools!” Summer will be hot for russian occupiers. And the last one for some of them.”

This delivery comes after Ukrainian Presidential Adviser Mykhailo Podolyak made a recent request through Twitter, where he pleaded to their Western allies to supply them with 1,000 155mm caliber howitzers, 300 MLRS, 500 tanks, 2,000 units of armored vehicles, and 1,000 drones.

This request was made public as the Ukrainians still continue to suffer under continued and intensified Russian shelling in the east, with the Ukrainian Government admitting that they have been outgunned in terms of artillery. The long-ranged nature of Russian artillery and the sheer number of shells they are firing per day has led to some 200 Ukrainian troops dying daily as reported by the Ukrainian authorities. The Russian forces are reportedly equipped with Smerch and Uragan MLRS that can hit Ukrainian targets from 50 to 180 miles away, whereas Ukraine only has howitzers that can accurately hit targets up to 15.5 miles away.