Ukraine forces fire howitzers at Donetsk frontline

STORY: The M-777 howitzer consignment from the United States is part of a huge outlay of weapons from Washington to help Ukraine fend off Russia's invasion, which began on Feb. 24. The United States and other countries have provided Ukraine with heavy weapons. Ukraine said howitzers and other weapon systems are needed to fight back against Russian artillery.

Moscow said on Monday that Western deliveries of longer-range arms to Kyiv would make Russia push Ukrainian forces further back from its borders, essentially increasing the potential territorial losses for Ukraine in the invasion.

The United States has ruled out sending its own or NATO forces to Ukraine, but Washington and Britain have agreed to supply precision missile systems which have significantly longer ranges than previous weapons they delivered.

Washington is supplying Ukraine with M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, or HIMARS, and Britain will supply M270 multiple-launch systems.

The range of the missile systems depends on the munitions used in them. HIMARS systems have a maximum range of 185 miles or more, but the missiles supplied by the United States have a range of just over 40 miles - double the range of the howitzers it supplied.

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