According to media reports, the US delivered long-range ATACMS missiles to Ukraine. The Wall Street Journal (“WSJ”) and CNN reported today, citing informed sources and US government officials, that the “secret” distribution took place recently. According to the WSJ, Ukraine used such missiles against Russia for the first time today.
Ukraine has long been under fire with long-range ballistic missiles. However, the US was very cautious in this regard – as was Germany when it came to Taurus cruise missiles.
According to US media reports, US President Joe Biden assured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy at a meeting at the White House in September that ATACMS missiles, depending on the type, have a range of 300 kilometers and can therefore penetrate deep into Russian territory. . There is no official confirmation for this. Those types of missiles were not included in the new US military aid package released that day.
The acronym ATACMS stands for Army Tactical Missile System. If these missiles are confirmed to be delivered to Ukraine, Germany is likely to increase pressure on the central government to supply Taurus cruise missiles. German Chancellor Olaf Scholes (SPD) has so far rejected this.
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