Ex-CIA director urged to speed up deliveries of fighter jets to Ukraine

The former CIA director called for speeding up arms deliveries to Ukraine

Former director of the US Central Intelligence Agency David Petraeus has said that Washington and other Western governments should speed up deliveries of fighter jets to Ukraine. In addition, he urged Western representatives not to hesitate to send Kiev long-range missiles.

Petraeus emphasized that the Ukrainian army needs long-range ATACMS missiles and other long-range weapons, the dispatch of which depends on the decision of European leaders. This is reported by The Telegraph.

According to the former CIA director, the USA should stop discussions on sending the ATACMS tactical missile system, which has a range of about 300 km. He also believes that other leaders should increase their own support for the Ukrainian Defense Forces.

Petraeus believes that Ukrainian forces can change the dynamics of the war if they are able to cut the land corridor that Russian occupiers have established between the Crimean peninsula and other occupied territories. But the former CIA director hinted that Washington is undermining those prospects by hesitating over some decisions, including on ATACMS.

"I hope that the U.S. will provide an Army tactical missile system that will double the range of what we have provided. And I hope that the aircraft can enter service sooner than currently projected," the former CIA director said.

F-16 Fighting Falcon
ATACMS missiles
Approximate maximum range of ATACMS

We shall remind you that the US media quoted official sources in Washington as saying that the administration of US President Joe Biden is likely to send the Ukrainian Defense Forces long-range ATACMS missiles to help them fight a Russian full-scale invasion. The White House is allegedly close to making such a decision.

Earlier it was reported that after the allies agreed to transfer US F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine, Kiev is also interested in other models. In particular, we are talking about French-made Rafale multirole fighters. As Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba noted, Ukraine "is not going to limit its ambitions to receiving F-16s."

As reported by OBOZREVATEL, ATACMS missiles and F-16 fighters will contribute to the liberation of territories, but for a successful counteroffensive the AFU needs a surface fleet. Thus, in case of liberation of the Azov region, it is necessary to take control of all Ukrainian ports on the Azov, as well as territorial waters, according to the expert of the Center for Defense Strategies, Captain of Reserve First Rank of the Ukrainian Navy Andriy Ryzhenko.

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