Biden tells Zelenskyy that the US will send Ukraine a small number of ATACMS missiles - NBC News
U.S. President Joe Biden informs Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy that Kyiv will receive ATACMS long-range missiles for the first time. For now, it will be a "small number".
NBC News reported on the expansion of military aid for our army, citing three U.S. officials and a congressional representative familiar with the discussions. However, there has been no official confirmation of the information.
It is noted that the officials, who are not authorized to speak publicly, did not say when the missiles would be delivered or when the US authorities would announce it publicly.
The media outlet recalled that for several months Ukraine has been asking for an army tactical missile system known as ATACMS. It would give Kyiv the ability to hit targets up to 180 miles away, hitting supply lines, railroads, and command and control points behind Russian lines.
The ATACMS is a solid-fueled tactical surface-to-surface ballistic missile manufactured by Lockheed Martin. It has various modifications, with a maximum range of up to 300 km.
The launchers of ATACMS missiles are M270 MLRS and M142 HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems.
The day before, the Biden administration announced that it was not going to transfer long-range ATACMS missiles to the Ukrainian Defense Forces. This decision was made personally by the president.
At the same time, the state intends to provide Kyiv with a new large-scale military aid package, which, in particular, will focus on strengthening Ukraine's air defense system.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL:
- In an interview with CNN, President Zelenskyy said that Ukraine is in the final stretch of its counteroffensive and expressed hope that the United States will provide the Armed For ces with the long-awaited ATACMS long-range missiles to succeed in this. The President admitted that not receiving such weapons would be a "great loss" for Ukraine.
- Earlier, U.S. senators appealed to U.S. President Joe Biden to immediately provide Ukraine with long-range ATACMS missiles. They see an additional delay in the provision of such weapons as a threat to prolong the war.