- Ukraine reportedly killed two top Russian pilots using HIMARS donated by the US.
- The father of one of the pilots made a revelation to the Russian media.
- The US has so far sent 12 units to Ukraine, while four others have been sent.
A report said two top Russian pilots were killed by the US-supplied long-range rocket system HIMARS.
As MailOnline reports, 41-year-old Lieutenant Colonel Maksim Potomin died in Donetsk on July 8 after his convoy was hit by precision-guided rocket artillery.
Another fighter pilot, 54-year-old Colonel Anatoly Stasukevich, is also believed to have been killed in the same attack.
While the news of his death was known in advance, Alexey, the father of Maxim Potomin, told Russian outlet V1.ru this week that he believed his son’s death was caused by the HIMARS strike.
“As far as I know, the car with my son was hit by a missile from the HIMARS complex, which we have been hearing a lot about recently … the resulting injuries were incompatible with life ,” Potomin told the outlet.
The outlet reported that the last rites of the pilot took place on Sunday, where he was buried with full military honours.
Mail Online said both pilots were senior officers in the First Guards Baranovichi Red Banner Mixed Aviation Division. According to reports, it was the first unit to receive the Sukhoi Su-57 fifth generation fighter jets in 2019 and also includes a helicopter-rescue contingent.
Footage shared by Ukraine’s Defense Ministry thanking the US for the donation of HIMARS. Ukraine Defense Ministry
High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), which arrived in Ukraine for the first time last month, have begun to play a key role in the fight against Russia.
According to General Mark Milley, the US has given Ukraine 12 units so far, and four more are on the way.
A military expert told Insider’s Sinead Baker that HIMARS is the “perfect” weapon due to poor Russian logistics forcing senior commanders into their range.
HIMARS are more advanced than Ukraine’s existing artillery capabilities and can hit targets up to 50 miles away.
Ukraine said it had used the weapons to kill a Russian general, destroy 50 ammunition depots and attack an important bridge.
Russia reacted angrily to the US sending weapons to Ukraine, with Russian President Vladimir Putin threatening to escalate his bombing campaign in response.
Two fighter pilots are among dozens of senior Russian officers killed in Ukraine.