Adam Kinzinger Calls to Send U.S. HIMARS to Georgia After Impact in Ukraine

Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) has called on the U.S. to send high mobility artillery rocket systems (HIMARS) to Georgia amid the ongoing war in Ukraine.

Kinzinger's comments came after the Georgian Legion shared a tweet on Saturday, July 30, that branded Russian forces "orcs" and claimed that the group know the location of their ammunition depots.

The Georgian Legion, which is mostly made up of volunteer soldiers from the Caucusus nation, has been engaged in conflicts in Ukraine since 2014.

In its tweet, which included a photo of an explosion, the Georgian Legion wrote: "Hey orcs. It's HIMARS o'clock. Do you know where your ammunition depots are? We do. And we're going to be doing a bit of renovation for you. You're welcome."

In his response, shared the same day, Kinzinger posted: "Russia occupies ⅓ of the country of Georgia. The Georgian Legion is defending Ukraine.

"It seems that after Russia gets humiliated in Ukraine, maybe there will be a fire sale on Russian occupied lands. HIMARS to Georgia."

The Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia have been recognized as independent states by Moscow. But the United Nations considers both regions to be part of Georgia.

The HIMARS rocket system fires long-range missiles up to 50 miles with precision and is mounted on a standard truck frame.

Ukrainian forces have used the weapons as part of their counter-offensive in the south of the country, in particular the Russian-occupied city of Kherson.

Retired U.S. Army General Mark Hertling recently said that HIMARS had been a "game changer" against Russia.

While Russia has claimed to have destroyed at least four HIMARS systems, Ukraine has claimed none have been taken out of combat.

As the conflict in Ukraine continues, Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed the country's navy will get new Zircon hypersonic missiles in the coming months.

The Russian leader made the claim during a Navy Day parade in his home city of St. Petersburg on Sunday, July 31.

Putin said the Zircon cruise missiles would be deployed in the coming months and would mean Russian forces would be able to deal with threats quickly.

According to Reuters, he said: "The delivery of these (missiles) to the Russian armed forces will start in the coming months.

"The Admiral Gorshkov frigate will be the first to go on combat duty with these formidable weapons on board.

"The key thing here is the capability of the Russian Navy…It is able to respond with lightning speed to all who decide to infringe on our sovereignty and freedom."

Newsweek has contacted the Georgian Legion and Kinzinger for comment.

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Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) delivers remarks during the fifth hearing by the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol in the Cannon House Office Building on June 23, 2022 in Washington, DC. Kinzinger shared a tweet posted by the Georgian Legion. Getty