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 attention to the Donbass region, where it is engaging in a systematic barrage of long-range rockets and artillery against Ukrainian defensive 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 System (MLRS) with Guided MLRS Rockets (GMLRS). Ukraine has specifically requested this capability, which will allow the Ukrainian Armed Forces to engage the invasion force with precise fire at ranges of around 70 kilometers.

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

And today at the Ukrainian Defense Contact Group in Brussels, Belgium, Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht announced that Germany will transfer three M270 Mittleres Artillerie Raketen System (MARS) launchers and GMLRS ammunition from stockpiles of the Bundeswehr.

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