US preparing to approve advanced long-range rocket system for Ukraine

US preparing to approve advanced long-range rocket system for Ukraine

Washington: President Biden is preparing approve advanced, long-range rocket systems for Ukraine, CNN reported on Friday.
According to reports, the Biden administration is preparing to send the systems as part of a larger package of military and security assistance to Ukraine, announcement for which could be made as early as next week.
Senior Ukrainian officials, including President Volodymyr Zelensky, have pleaded in recent weeks for the US and its allies to provide them with Multiple Launch Rocket System, or MLRS, which can fire a barrage of rockets hundreds of kilometers, which is much farther than any of the systems Ukraine already has and which the Ukrainians believe could be a gamechanger in their war against Russia.
Another system Ukraine has asked for is the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, known as HIMARS, a lighter wheeled system capable of firing many of the same types of ammunition as MLRS.
Russia has outmanned and outgunned Ukraine in recent weeks in the east, Ukrainian officials have said.
However, while the Biden administration has waivered for weeks, on whether to send the systems, amid concerns raised within the National Security Council that Ukraine could use the systems to carry out offensive attacks inside Russia, which could also been seen by Russia as a provocation that could trigger some kind of retaliation against the US, officials said.
Ukraine is already believed to have carried out numerous cross-border strikes inside Russia, which Ukrainian officials neither confirm nor deny. Russian officials have said publicly that any threat to their homeland would constitute a major escalation and have said that western countries are making themselves a legitimate target in the war by continuing to arm the Ukrainians.
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