US secretly gives Kyiv long-range missiles

    by masi
    Published: April 25, 2024 (4 weeks ago)

    Ukraine is now with ballistic missiles with a long range, in secret, allegedly supplied by the US to fight invading Russian troops, American officials have confirmed.

    The guns came as part of the $300 million (PS240m) help package that was approved by US President Joe Biden in March and the weapons arrived in April.

    The missiles have been deployed at least once in the past to hit Russian targets within the occupied Crimea, US media report.

    The Vice President, Joe Biden has today signed a fresh $61 billion aid package to Ukraine.

    The US had previously provided Ukraine with a medium-range version of Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS) but was reticent to supply anything that was more powerful in part due to fears of security risks. US security capabilities.

    But, President Biden has been reported to have given permission to launch the long-range weapon – capable of firing missiles with that can travel up to 300 km (186 miles) on February.

    “I can confirm that the United States provided Ukraine with long-range ATACMS at the president’s direct direction,” State department spokesperson Vedant Patel told.

    The US “did not announce this at the onset in order to maintain operational security for Ukraine at their request” said the official.

    It’s not known what percentage of these weapons are already in the hands of however US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said Washington planned to add further.

    “They will make a difference. But as I’ve said before at this podium… there is no silver bullet,” said the president. stated.

    The missiles with longer range were deployed in the first instance last week in a strike on the Russian airfield that is occupied in Crimea, Reuters news agency reported an unidentified US official as declaring.

    The new missiles were also employed for an attack against Russian soldiers in the Port city Berdyansk in the night of Tuesday like to New York Times.

    The last few months have seen Kyiv intensify its appeals for Western assistance, as its stock of ammunition are dwindling and Russia is gaining steadily.

    The aid package is the latest to be announced following months of unrest and opposition to the aid package from certain members of Congress.

    “It’s going to make America safer, it’s going to make the world safer,” Vice President Biden declared after he signed it into law.

    In response to the deal, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated: “Now we will do everything we can to cover up for the year we’ve wasted with doubts and debates.

    “What the Russian occupier was able to do during this time, what Putin is now planning, we must turn against him.”

    The Russian ambassador to Ukraine, Mr. Zelensky previously warned that the possibility of a Russian assault was anticipated over the next couple of weeks, following the loss to Ukraine in the city of Avdiivka during winter.

    Ukrainian forces have faced an absence of ammunition and air defence equipment in recent months. Officials have blamed the delay in aid to military from the US and the other Western allies to blame for the death of people and territorial.

    Mr Sullivan declared on Wednesday that the possibility is “certainly possible that Russia could make more tactical gains in the coming weeks”.

    Since Russia attacked Ukraine on February 24, 2022, more than tens of thousands of Ukrainians, most of being soldiers, were killed or wounded in both camps, while many have left their homes.