US President Joe Biden informed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that Washington will provide Kyiv with long-range ATACMS missiles, NBC News reports.
US President Joe Biden informed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that Washington will provide Kyiv with long-range ATACMS missiles, NBC News reports. If the information is confirmed, it will mean a sudden and unexpected turn in this case. Just a day earlier, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said that the US president had not decided to hand over these missiles.
Information about the decision of the US leader to transfer ATACMS missiles to Ukraine was unofficially reported by NBC News, citing three American officials and a representative of Congress, Reuters notes. A day earlier, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan reported that Joe Biden had not decided to transfer long-range ATACMS missiles to Ukraine.
Joe Biden then announced another military aid package for Kiev. This happened during his speech with President Zelensky after talks in the Oval Office. The package would include artillery and ammunition. Moreover, the American president also said that it would be a package containing a second battery of Hawk air defense systems, as well as "stable supplies of ammunition for it and other air defense systems."
- Only Russia stands in the way of peace, Joe Biden said after meeting with President Volodymyr Zelensky. - We will support Kiev in regaining the stolen territory - he added. He also stated that "the new package will allow Ukrainians to survive a difficult winter." In turn, the Ukrainian leader mentioned that "an agreement has been reached on strengthening Ukraine's defense capabilities." - The US will help us strengthen many aspects of defense, Zelensky added.
CNN reports that the value of the aid package will be $325 million. "The United States is expected to supply more cluster munitions to Ukraine," the portal reports, citing the statement of two anonymous officials. This is to be the second delivery of controversial weapons to the front.