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Biden’s Bold Move
According to three American officials and a well-known congressional official who shared this information with ABC News on Friday, President Joe Biden has informed his counterpart in Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, that the United States will contribute a small number of long-range missiles to the war with Russia.
The officials, who were not permitted to make public statements, did not say when the missiles would be delivered or when a statement would be issued to the public.
The Army Tactical Missile System, or ATACMS, which can strike command and control centers, supply lines, railroads, and Russian front lines from over 180 miles distant, has been sought after by Ukraine for months.
According to American defense experts, the country does not have a sizable supply of extra ATACMS to give to Ukraine because they have a heavier payload than standard artillery shells. Additionally, some in Washington have opposed equipping Ukraine out of concern that doing so may escalate the confrontation with Russia, a worry known as “The Javelin Dilemma.”
According to congressional officials, there is ongoing discussion over the type and number of missiles to be deployed as well as the amount that will be given to Ukraine. They point out that a number of Eastern European nations have already given Ukraine a sizeable amount of their own arsenals.