White House prepared to ship weapons that could hit inside Crimea if Congress ratifies a $60bn aid package.
White House prepared to ship weapons that could hit inside Crimea if Congress ratifies a $60bn aid package.

Biden administration considers sending missiles to Ukraine

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White House prepared to ship weapons that could hit inside Crimea if Congress ratifies a $60bn aid package.

Potential Aid Package:

The White House is reportedly considering sending long-range tactical missiles to Ukraine if a proposed $60 billion aid package, currently stalled in Congress, is approved. 

The missiles, a variant of the Army Tactical Missile System (Atacms), could be sent to Ukraine to bolster its defenses against Russian aggression.

Delays in Aid:

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy expressed concern over delays in aid, noting that Russian forces were exploiting the situation. 

He emphasized the need for artillery, air defense, and longer-range weapons to address the challenges posed by Russian troops concentrated in key frontline areas.

Missile Transfer Approval:

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The US previously approved the transfer of short-range Atacms variants to Ukraine, with assurances that they would not be used to strike inside Russia. President Zelenskiy confirmed the effectiveness of these weapons. 

Now, the Biden administration is considering providing newer versions of Atacms with a maximum range of nearly 200 miles, potentially enabling Ukrainian forces to target the Crimean Peninsula.

Request to NATO Allies:

It is possible that the US may request NATO allies to provide missiles to Ukraine, with expectations of replenishing depleted stockpiles. This collaborative effort could further support Ukraine’s defense capabilities amid escalating tensions with Russia.

Call for Long-Range Weapons:

Ukraine’s Defense Minister Rustem Umerov highlighted the importance of long-range weapons, especially following the fall of Avdiivka to Russian forces. 

This incident underscored the urgent need for additional resources to counter enemy formations effectively.

As the situation continues to evolve, the potential transfer of long-range missiles to Ukraine reflects ongoing efforts to support the country’s defense and deter further aggression from Russia.

Jean Martin

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