U.S. seeks to boost military aid to Ukraine: may transfer cluster munitions for MLRS - WP
The administration of US President Joe Biden is considering various options for strengthening military assistance to Ukraine. In particular, the White House is discussing the possibility of transferring cluster munitions for multiple rocket launchers to the Ukrainian Defense Forces.
This is stated in a piece by journalist David Ignatius for The Washington Post. Washington admits that the full-scale war started by the aggressor country Russia against Ukraine may continue in 2024.
Therefore, the main challenge for the Biden administration is said to be the continued assistance to Ukraine to move forward.
"Instead of looking for a quick diplomatic exit, most senior U.S. officials seem more convinced than ever of the need to support Kyiv. In their view, the United States cannot abandon its ally," the author writes.
Biden administration officials are further considering several important new increases in support for Ukraine.
In particular, according to the article, they are talking about transferring cluster munitions for MLRS, which will be able to hit deeper than artillery versions of these shells.
"The United States is also hard at work planning a Ukrainian 'force of the future' that could deter further Russian aggression. The F-16s that will begin arriving in a few months will be part of that, but U.S. officials are working with allies on many other weapons and training systems," it said.
As for the long-range ATACMS missiles, the Pentagon still continues to resist, mainly because officials fear that the U.S. does not have enough of these weapons to supply Ukraine without undermining its own preparedness for any future conflict with China.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, the U.S. Department of Defense confirmed that the country will soon join a program to train Ukrainian Defense Force pilots on modern F-16 fighter jets. We are talking about the training of "several" pilots.