Ukrainian forces have been pushed back by a Russian push in the east, but take heart in news they could soon have US rockets that double their firing range.
US expected to send longer-range rockets to Ukraine
News that the United States could soon send rockets nearly doubling the firing range of Ukrainian forces has given Kyiv a big lift, even as its troops were being pushed back by a relentless Russian winter offensive in the east.
Two US officials said a new $US2.2 billion ($A3.1 billion) package of military aid to be announced as soon as this week would for the first time include Ground Launched Small Diameter Bombs (GLSDB), a new weapon designed by Boeing.
The cheap gliding missiles can strike targets more than 150 kilometres away, a dramatic increase over the 80km range of the rockets fired by HIMARS systems which changed the face of the war when Washington sent them last summer.
It would mean every inch of Russian-occupied Ukraine, apart from most of the Crimea peninsula, could soon be in range of Ukrainian forces, forcing Moscow to shift some ammunition and fuel storage sites all the way back to Russia itself.