Ukraine’s Longer-Range Missile Demand Denied by the United States

Senior United States military pioneers warned the White House against supplying longer-range missiles to Ukraine, fearing it could trigger a broader battle with Russia.

According to two military officials, the Biden organization has delayed a request from Ukraine for longer-range missiles because of a potentially dangerous reaction from Russia. Guard authorities have urged against providing Ukraine with longer-range missiles, known as ATACMs. They fear the missiles might be used against Russian targets, sparking a wider conflict with Russia. Maria Zakharovafrom the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs warned the United States against handing Ukraine such a weapon.

"If Washington supplies longer-range missiles to Kyiv, it will cross a red line and become a party to the dispute," Zakharova added.

The Biden group announced $600 million in military aid for Ukraine, including gunnery rounds, mines, and HIMARS. The guide excludes ATACMs, which have a more extended range than the mounted guns and missile frameworks sent to Ukraine. Legislators from both countries back Ukraine's request for the 300-kilometer-range missile. However, the Biden organization claimed last month that Ukraine doesn't need long-range ATACMs since shorter-range missiles have proven effective against Russia.

Joe Biden declared Tuesday that "we won't ship Ukraine rocket frameworks that strike Russia," but he didn't specify which weapons.

Senior U.S. official: "It's not on the table now." The authority claimed battle zone aspects might vary, and "when their needs change, the help advances." The authority stated Ukraine could hit Russian targets with its weaponry at around 100 kilometers, but "there's a sad squeeze to shoot beyond."Pentagon press spokesman Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder said senior leaders are in "regular touch with our Ukrainian partners."

"Their new development shows they're using the U.S. and global community's skills to great effect in the conflict zone," Ryder said. "We support them in defending their country."

Since Russia attacked Ukraine on Feb. 24, the Biden organization has changed its position on which weaponry it is prepared to send to Ukraine's military as the war has unfolded. The organization first denied requests for Stinger anti-aircraft rockets, Howitzer cannons, anti-transport rockets, and HIMARS frames but eventually approved the shipments. The group has opposed giving Kyiv competitor jets, saying other weapons would be more effective in the battle and warplanes may increase pressure on Moscow. The White House has tried to demonstrate Russia's resolve without triggering a reaction involving the U.S. or NATO. Allies of Ukraine say Kyiv must stick to this strategy or risk losing Western military support.

Leftist Rep. Jason Crow of Colorado praised the Biden organization for its help to Ukraine thus far. Still, he urged the government to provide ATACMs, long-range robots, and U.S. military advisors to help Ukrainian forces on the ground. Crow said the United States must set the Ukrainians up for victory, not impasse.

Crow: "The conflict constantly evolves." "Objectives grow"

Rep. Mike Rogers of Alabama, the House Armed Services Council's top conservative, said now is the moment to arm Ukraine as it pursues a counteroffensive in its east and south. "I can't stop imagining how much more effective Ukraine's counteroffensive would be if President Biden gave them ATACMs," Rogers added. Liberal Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts defended Biden's choice.

Moulton: "I agree the Ukrainians should get ATACMS, but the Biden group has solid reasons for not providing them these weapons now." The argument that the Biden campaign could have done faster in the past is fair, but they're doing well. They're debating."