In line with recent media reports, Ukraine is set to receive modern U.S.-made multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) from Washington, U.S. President Joe Biden said in a NYT op-ed on May 31.
“… we will provide the Ukrainians with more advanced rocket systems and munitions that will enable them to more precisely strike key targets on the battlefield in Ukraine,” Biden said.
The president also announced $1 billion in further macro-financial assistance to Ukraine’s government – part of the $40 billion aid package passed by the U.S. Congress earlier in May. At the same time, the White House isn’t planning to arm Ukraine with weapons that could strike targets deep in Russian territory.
U.S. security assistance to Ukraine will continue to include the following:
- Javelin ATGMs;
- Stinger MANPADs;
- Powerful artillery and precision rocket systems;
- Mi-17 helicopters;
Biden added that the United States is acting in concert with its allies to ramp up sanctions on Russia.
“We will work with our allies and partners to address the global food crisis that Russia’s aggression is worsening,” said the president.
“And we will help our European allies and others reduce their dependence on Russian fossil fuels, and speed our transition to a clean energy future.”
According to Biden, Ukraine-Russia negotiations have stalled not because Kyiv is unwilling to pursue diplomatic solutions to the war, but due to Moscow doubling down on its aggression.
“They (negotiations) are stalled because Russia continues to wage a war to take control of as much of Ukraine as it can,” Biden added.
“The United States will continue to work to strengthen Ukraine and support its efforts to achieve a negotiated end to the conflict.”
The next package of U.S. security assistance to Ukraine is most likely to include M31 GMLRS (Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System) – a highly-precise rocket artillery system, which uses satellite guidance to accurately strike targets up to 56 kilometers away.
On May 21, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he expects Kyiv’s Western partners to provide the country with U.S.-made MLRS.