HIMARS Have Killed These Members of Russia's Military Elite–Full List

Western HIMARS—High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems—are enabling Kyiv to launch a series of devastating strikes on Russian targets in Ukraine, which the country's authorities claim have killed at least four members of Russia's military elites.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his officials had long been asking for the U.S. to send Kyiv the state-of-the-art weapons to enable Ukrainian troops to reach Russian targets beyond the enemy's front lines and match Moscow's firepower. In June, the U.S. finally agreed to Zelenksy's requests.

The HIMARS have been called a game-changer in the war and have already bolstered Kyiv's military power. Only about a month after Ukraine received the HIMARS, the country's defense minister Oleksii Reznikov said they were already making a "huge" difference on the battlefield.

Since receiving the weapons, several strikes attributed to U.S. HIMARS have been reported in occupied areas of Ukraine, some of which are claimed to have killed several high-ranking Russian military personnel.

On June 27 news media reported that a Ukrainian strike using U.S. HIMARS long-range rocket systems had killed more than 40 soldiers after blowing up a base near the city of Izyum in the Donbas region.

Ukraine's armed forces said a colonel was among those killed in the strike, though the claim could not be independently verified and was not specifically confirmed by Russian authorities. If true, the colonel killed would have been the 56th top officer killed during the war, according to reports.

It's interesting to note that on the same night of Ukraine's strikes in Izyum, Russian media reported the death of Andrei Vasilyev, commander of an elite Russian paratrooper regiment, in a strike attack at an unspecified location. The reported death of Vasilyev and Ukraine's HIMARS strike cannot be linked with certainty, but there's a chance that Vasilyev was killed by the high-precision weapons provided by the U.S.

Reports of Russia's top military officers killed by HIMARS strikes continued the following month.

In this photo, a U.S. M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) fires salvoes during the second annual "African Lion" military exercise in the Tan-Tan region of southwestern Morocco on June 30, 2022. Since receiving HIMARS from the U.S. the death of a number of top Russian military officers have been attributed to the new weapon systems. FADEL SENNA/AFP via Getty Images

On July 11, news reports said that Ukraine's armed forces had killed twelve Russian officers in a single rocket strike targeting a command post at Chornobaivka Airport near the occupied city of Kherson. The airport, which was captured early in Russia's war against Ukraine, was an important military base for Russian troops occupying the southern Ukrainian city.

On July 12, news sources including the Britain's Guardian, Telegraph and Daily Mail newspapers reported that Ukraine's strikes had killed at least seven people at an ammunition depot in Nova Kakhovka, Kherson.

A claim concerning the fatalities was made by the city's Russian-installed administration, which attributed the strikes to HIMARS weapons Kyiv had recently received from the U.S. Ukraine's armed forces did not, on this occasion, confirm whether the strikes had been launched using such weapons.

Among the victims of the strike was Chief of Staff for the 22nd Army Corps of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation Major General Artem Nasbulin, according to a post on Telegram by the spokesman for the head of the Odesa regional military administration Serhiy Bratchuk.

"There is information about the liquidation of another Russian general after HIMARS missiles hit the headquarters in the Kherson region. The chief of staff of the 22nd Army Corps of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (military unit 73954, Simferopol) Major General Nasbulin has gone to war," Bratchuck said.

If confirmed, Nasbulin would have been the 12th Russian general to have been killed since the beginning of the war on February 24.

Over the weekend, the death of three more members of Russia's military elites was attributed to Ukraine's HIMARS strikes.

The death of lieutenant colonel Maksim Potyomin—which was previously known—was said to have been caused by HIMARS strikes by his father Alexey Potyomin, who told local media that his son's car "was hit by a HIMARS missile" in Donetsk on July 8.

Potyomin's death was corroborated by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, but the news organization did not confirm the strikes used HIMARS.

Another top Russian officer, Colonel Anatoly Stasyukevich, is thought to have been killed in the same attack in which Potyomin lost his life. The two were reportedly both fighter pilots stationed in Krymsk, Krasnodar region.

The Daily Mail reports that Lieutenant Colonel Sergei Mikhaylov, commander of a motorized rifle battalion, was also killed in Ukraine by HIMARS strikes.

Newsweek contacted Ukraine's and Russia's Defense Ministries to ask for confirmation of all reported deaths reported in this article.