U.S. President Joe Biden has announced an additional $800 million in heavy weapons the country will speed to Ukrainian forces, which will include more than a dozen heavy-artillery howitzers, hundreds of armored vehicles and nearly a dozen helicopters, all from U.S. stockpiles.
Stacie Pettyjohn, director of the defense program at the Center for a New American Security, said Ukrainian forces could use their Bayraktar TB2 drones with the radars as well as howitzers and other ground-based artillery to “more effectively respond ― and hurt Russian forces at range without putting themselves in a vulnerable spot, and potentially eliminate some of the Russian systems they’re using to bombard the Ukrainians from further away.”
“They’re still battling to take control of eastern areas, so it’s probably a bit of a race to that,” Pettyjohn said. “Once [Russian forces] get into position and establish some defensive positions, it will be much harder to root them out.”
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