MOSCOW, October 7 – Novosti. The United States is refusing to transfer ATACMS missiles with a range of about 300 kilometers to Ukraine due to disagreements over possible strikes on targets in Crimea, despite Kiev’s insistence, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing US officials and congressmen.
U.S. officials have reportedly urged Ukraine to focus on fighting in the east and south, specifically in the Kharkiv and Kherson regions . However, Kyiv has recently stepped up demands for ATACMS missiles to hit distant targets, including Crimea. At the same time, it is noted that US President Joe Biden refused to provide Ukraine with the requested missiles.
The US administration’s reluctance to provide these missiles reflects a deep dispute about how to support Ukraine without risking a wider conflict with Russia , according to the outlet . U.S. officials say Ukraine does not need long-range missiles for its current battles.
Earlier, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper said that the United States believes that the HIMARS multiple rocket launcher munitions being transferred to Ukraine allow it to hit the “overwhelming majority” of Russian targets, including in Crimea. She made it clear that the Pentagon sees no need to supply ATACMS tactical missiles with a range of 300 kilometers over GMLRS guided missiles with a range of 80 kilometers.
ATACMS – tactical ballistic for MLRS HIMARS and M270 with a range of about 300 kilometers. Previously, the United States refused to provide these systems to Kyiv due to fears that Ukraine could use them to shell Russian territory, which would deepen the conflict with the West.
The Russian Federation has previously sent a note to NATO countries because of the supply of weapons to Ukraine. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov noted that any cargo that contains weapons for Ukraine will become a legitimate target for Russia. The Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation stated that the NATO countries are “playing with fire” by supplying weapons to Ukraine. Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov noted that pumping Ukraine with weapons from the West does not contribute to the success of Russian-Ukrainian negotiations and will have a negative effect.