Joe Biden said he would supply Ukraine with an upgraded rocket system and other US weapons so that it could better hit war targets with Russia, as the conflict enters its fourth month.
In an article in the New York Times published Tuesday evening in Washington, Biden said, “I have decided that we will equip the Ukrainians with more powerful rocket launchers and ammunition that will enable them to hit more precisely targets on the battlefield in Ukraine.”
A senior U.S. source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the weapons package contained missiles that would allow Ukraine to hit targets up to 80 kilometers away. In recent weeks, world leaders, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, have publicly called for such a move.
The announcement comes more than three months after President Vladimir Putin’s troops invaded Ukraine, and the war has now turned into a violent city-to-city slogan as Russia seeks to unify the region rather than seize control of the entire country. The method of warfare has changed. As a result of changes in strategic objectives, long-range bombardment, especially artillery, has become a major aspect of warfare.
One of the concerns of Washington and several European countries about the supply of long-range weapons and ammunition to Ukraine was that it could be used to hit targets inside Russia. This would create the risk of escalating the conflict and enlisting NATO allies who hoped to draw a line between providing defensive support and becoming more aggressive in the conflict.
According to U.S. officials, the Ukrainian leadership has vowed not to deploy new missile systems to attack Russian territory. The United States has not agreed to provide the longest range of weapons in the latest installment, but it does highlight previous installations of other modern systems, including howitzers and anti-tank weapons.
The White House is expected to announce a new $ 700 million security assistance package on Wednesday, according to U.S. officials. The United States has provided more than 5 4.5 billion in military aid since the war began.
Officials in the Biden administration have vowed to weaken Russia so that it does not invade its neighbors again, slap sanctions rafts and equip Ukraine’s military with billions of dollars. Even after President Volodymyr Zelensky’s troops pressured Moscow to return to the initial plan to conquer Kyiv and immediately replace the government, the goal of ousting Russian forces from Ukraine seems even more distant.
“If Russia escapes punishment for its crimes, it will send a message to other aggressors that they too can seize land and oppress other countries,” Biden wrote. “This could put an end to rule-based international order and open the door to new forms of aggression abroad with global implications.”
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