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    Ukraine Has an Array of New Western Weapons. What Advantages Could They Offer in a Counteroffensive?

    Ukraine Has an Array of New Western Weapons. What Advantages Could They Offer in a Counteroffensive?

    When invaded Ukraine in February 2022, Ukraine's was largely reliant on Soviet-era weaponry, from tanks to artillery to fighter jets.

    While that arsenal helped Ukraine fend off an assault on the capital of and prevent a total rout in the early weeks of the war, billions of dollars in military assistance has since poured into the country, including more modern Western-made weapons.

    Ukraine's counteroffensive, now in its early stages, could offer a glimpse of whether and to what extent the newer weapons systems have strengthened Kyiv's ability to stand up to Russia.

    Analysts are cautiously optimistic.

    “Ukraine is in a much better position to be able to conduct a combined arms warfare than where they were in the beginning of Russia's full-scale reinvasion of Ukraine,” George Barros, a Russia analyst for the Center for Strategic International Studies said.

    Here's a look at some of the Western weapons sent to Ukraine and what advantages they might offer.

    Striking Targets

    One sophisticated U.S.-made rocket launcher sent to Ukraine has received a lot of attention — and for good reason: High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems gave Kyiv's forces the ability to hit targets farther away and with much greater accuracy than Soviet-designed ones.

    In the fall counteroffensive, the — which currently give troops the capability to strike a target up to 80 kilometers (50 miles) away and then…

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