The US will send long-range missiles to Ukraine

The US will send long-range missiles to Ukraine

The US says the additional $2.2 billion in military aid to Ukraine will include long-range missiles capable of doubling its strike range.

It brings the total amount of military aid given to Ukraine to more than $29.3 billion as of February 2022.

The package includes ground-launched small diameter bombs (GLSDB) which can hit targets 150 km away.

But officials refused to back down from speculation that the munitions could be used to attack parts of annexed Crimea.

"When it comes to Ukraine's plans for operations, it's clearly their decision," Pentagon spokesman Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder told reporters.

Russia illegally annexed the Crimean Peninsula in 2014 and considers it part of its territory. But it has come under sporadic fire from Ukrainian forces in recent months.

Western countries have repeatedly ruled out providing Ukraine with offensive weapons – such as fighter jets – that it could use to strike Russia itself.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked the US and President Joe Biden for the additional assistance.

Source: BBC


Latest news