Washington — The United States sends Ukraine’s advanced rocket system and munitions as part of a new $ 700 million package of military equipment aimed at helping Ukrainians counter their Russian invasion, President Biden and White House officials said Tuesday.
Biden announced his decision to provide a rocket system that can accurately target enemies from about 50 miles away. Editorial The New York Times will be released online on Tuesday night. He said the delivery of advanced weapons would allow Ukraine to “fight on the battlefield and be in the strongest position possible in the negotiating table.”
However, senior government officials later said after a direct guarantee by Ukrainian leaders that the weapons system (the most advanced one ever offered to Ukrainians) would not be used against targets within Russian territory. Only said it was promised.
As the war prolonged, the Biden administration gradually expanded the range of weapons it provided to Ukrainians. The latest package also includes Javelin anti-tank missiles, shells, helicopters and tactical vehicles. However, senior government officials are concerned that providing equipment that will allow Ukraine to strike deep inside the country will cause a broader war with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Since Mr Putin sent his army to Ukraine almost 100 days ago, it has proved to be a difficult line to walk for the president and his advisers.
In his article on Tuesday, Mr Biden explained his administration’s determination to support Ukraine in an attempt to repel Russian invaders. However, Biden also provided Putin with a concrete guarantee that the United States was not intended to induce broader conflicts or the use of weapons of mass destruction.
“Currently, there are no signs that Russia intends to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine, but the rhetoric of Russia’s occasional rattling of nuclear sabers is dangerous in itself and very irresponsible,” Biden wrote. rice field. “To be clear, the use of nuclear weapons in this conflict is completely unacceptable not only to us, but to the rest of the world, with serious consequences.”
Biden frankly said in an article that he did not try to overthrow Putin, even though the Russian president said in a speech in Poland earlier this year that he “cannot maintain power.” rice field. On Tuesday, Mr Biden gave another view.
“We are not seeking a war between NATO and Russia,” he said. “Unless I disagree with Mr Putin and think his actions are full of anger, the United States will not bring his expulsion in Moscow. Unless the United States or our allies are attacked. We are not directly involved in this conflict by sending US troops to fight in Ukraine or by attacking Russian troops. “
The Byden administration has already sent about $ 5 billion worth of anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles, helicopters and other military equipment to Ukraine as European countries are trying to fight off Russia’s invasion.
Government officials said advanced rockets and other equipment would be officially announced Wednesday, along with a spare parts package that would allow Ukrainians to maintain the artillery equipment provided.
Officials said on Tuesday that Ukraine would receive the US high-mobility artillery rocket system, or HIMARS, a satellite-guided precision weapon carrying about the same explosive power as a 500-pound bomb dropped from the air.
The system can attack targets up to 48 miles away, government officials told reporters Tuesday evening. This is far beyond the range of the cannon currently used by Ukraine. The Pentagon has spent about $ 5.4 billion to purchase more than 42,000 such rockets since 1998, according to a report released by the Congressional Research Service in June.
Russia-Ukraine War: Significant Progress
On the ground. As the war effort moved to the east of the country, the fighting was furious in Sieviero Donetsk, the last city in the Luhansk region to remain outside Russian control. Most of the city’s civilians have fled in the past few weeks, but 12,000, many of them elderly. It is said to be trapped there in a terrible situation..
According to officials, the system can be equipped with even longer-range rockets, capable of flying about 200 miles before hitting a target. However, Mr Biden objected to providing these rockets to Ukraine, senior government officials said.
“We have no intention of sending a rocket system that could collide with Russia to Ukraine,” Biden told reporters on Monday.
A senior government official acknowledged that if the system were brought to the Ukrainian-Russian border, even a rocket with a 48-mile limit could be used to attack targets within Russia. However, officials who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity said the Ukrainian government has guaranteed that it will not happen to the United States, and the government is pleased with the guarantee.
Biden said in an editorial on Tuesday that it is important for the United States and other countries to provide Ukraine with more advanced weapons, as Russian troops are making profits in the eastern part of Ukraine.
“Standing by Ukraine when needed is not the only thing right,” he writes. “It is in our important national interest to secure a peaceful and stable Europe and clarify that it may not be right.”
The tone of Mr. Biden’s article showed that he believed that Americans should prepare for a long-lasting war. He said he wrote an article to clarify the purpose of the United States “as the war progresses.”
Mr Biden has pledged continued military support to Ukraine, but said he still hopes that the two countries will be able to find a diplomatic end to the conflict.
“Negotiations between Ukraine and Russia are not stalled as Ukraine turns its back on diplomacy,” he wrote. “They are at a standstill as Russia continues the war to control as much of Ukraine as possible. The United States will continue to strengthen Ukraine and support efforts to achieve a negotiated end of the conflict. . “
John Ismay Report that contributed.