Biden Close to Approving 'Game-Changing' Weapon for Ukraine, Russia Responds
Zelensky has called on the West to provide even more support for Kyiv
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President Joe Biden is getting closer to approving a long-range rock system that has been identified in Russian state-run media as a “red line” that will provoke a “harsh response from Russia,” reports said.
Multiple U.S. officials told CNN that the Biden White House is close to sending Ukraine advanced, long-range rocket systems called the Multiple Launch Rocket System, or MLRS.
Newsweek said there are two kinds of these systems, including the M142 HIMARS, which were developed in the late 1990s. The report said specialized precision munitions are effective up to 310 miles.
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Olga Skabeeva, a TV host on Rossiya-1, the state network, said, “The US MLRS can launch shells over 500 kilometers. And if the Americans do this, they will clearly cross a red line, and we will record an attempt to provoke a very harsh response from Russia.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin has long criticized American missile systems already in Europe and said some of these missiles could hit Moscow in 10 to12 minutes. Putin said Russia can counter those weapons by employing hypersonic weapons against the U.S.
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Some officials in the White House have expressed concerns that providing the MLRS to Ukrainian fighters could result in Ukrainians forces firing rockets into Russian territory & causing a major escalation, The Washington Post reported.
But CNN’s report said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has pleaded for the U.S and allies to provide these systems.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin was asked Monday if the U.S. would provide these weapons and he said, “I don't want to get ahead of where we are in the process of resourcing requirements.”
Boris Johnson, the British prime minister, told Bloomberg that these systems should be provided so Ukraine can defend the Donbas. He said Russian troops were “continuing to chew through ground” in the region but making slow but “palpable progress.”
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