Putin Finds Scapegoat in U.S. HIMARS, Builds Case for War With West

Russian President Vladimir Putin has worked for months to build his case that the U.S. is fighting a “proxy war” in Ukraine, and now Moscow is using the U.S.-made HIMARS rocket systems to prove its point.

The long-range systems, which have better precision and a faster firing rate than Ukraine’s dated artillery, have boosted its defensive efforts and limited Russia’s military advances. But as Ukraine touts the success of the weapon, experts say that it has inadvertently bolstered Putin’s propaganda among the Russian people and given the leader a scapegoat for Russia’s failures on the…

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