Biden aide Sullivan rejects plans to supply Ukraine with ATACMS missiles for HIMARS US will not transfer long-range ATACMS missiles for HIMARS systems to Ukraine in order to prevent developments that could lead to World War III, White House explained
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The United States will not supply Ukraine with guided tactical ballistic missiles of the ATACMS series for HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan announced this on the Aspen Institute forum, video posted on YouTube.
“There are certain things [US President Joe Biden] is not prepared to convey. These include ATACMS long-range missiles, which have a range of 300 km,— Sullivan said.
He noted that the United States is doing everything necessary to support and protect Ukraine, but their goal— to prevent the development of hostilities in the direction of World War III.
The Biden aide felt that the United States was supplying Ukraine with weapons in huge quantities, so he did not share the criticism of the Ukrainian authorities about insufficient supplies. He pointed out that the country was determined to help Ukraine win and also to prove that Russia's military actions were “a strategic failure of [President] Vladimir Putin.”
Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine on February 24. Representatives of 141 out of 193 countries of the UN General Assembly condemned the actions of the Russian authorities, demanded a ceasefire and the withdrawal of troops. Kyiv declared martial law, and the authorities of the United States and other countries began to supply Ukraine with weapons and equipment.
After three months of hostilities, on June 1, the American president announced the decision to send HIMARS MLRS to Ukraine. U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Political Affairs Colin Caul said that Washington will pass intelligence information to Kyiv to strike “targets on Ukrainian territory that they choose.”
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HIMARS arrived in Ukraine on June 23 . The Ukrainian military has already begun to use the system in the Donbass, said Valery Zaluzhny, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznik stressed that Kyiv had pledged not to use Western weapons to strike targets in Russia.
At the same time, Ukrainian intelligence representative Vadym Skibitsky allowed the use of HIMARS against Russian targets in Crimea.
On July 1, the US announced a new $820 million military aid package for Ukraine with additional HIMARS ammunition. Later, the head of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Oleksiy Danilov, said that the country began to receive shells for HIMARS with a greater range than 80 km.
The next day, the head of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark Milley, announced that the country and its allies will give Ukraine more than 20 HIMARS, of which 12 have already been transferred.
Russia has repeatedly criticized the leadership of Western countries for military assistance to Ukraine and pointed out that they are not bringing peace closer. Putin said that if foreign states supply Kyiv with long-range missiles, the Russian military will begin to strike in Ukraine at targets that they have not previously struck.
The Russian Embassy in the United States saw in military supplies to Ukraine “unrestrained desire» Washington to drag out the fighting at any cost. “By its actions, Washington does not bring peace closer, but, on the contrary, pushes the Ukrainian authorities to new bloody crimes,” — considered representatives of the diplomatic mission. The Russian Ministry of Defense has already announced the destruction of HIMARS systems.
The HIMARS installation allows you to launch 227mm caliber missiles or a guided missile with an operational-tactical ballistic missile of the ATACMS family. The latter is capable of striking targets located 300 km and further away.
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