UK ready to supply long-range missiles to Ukraine – media reports

20 January, 04:11 PM
ATACMS missile launch (Photo:US Department of Defense)

ATACMS missile launch (Photo:US Department of Defense)

Some British officials have expressed openness to supplying longer-range missile systems to Ukraine amid the refusal by the United States to send long-range rockets known as ATACMS, U.S. television news channel reported on Jan. 20.

“On the ATACMS issue, I think we’re kind of at the, ‘agree to disagree’ position on that,” U.S. Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Colin Kahl toldreporters on Jan. 18.

Taking note of London’s more aggressive public posture, Ukrainian officials have asked the United Kingdom to take more of a leading role in Jan. 20 Ramstein meeting of Ukraine’s military allies, people familiar with their requests told CNN.

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“They also want British officials to more aggressively brief allied foreign secretaries and defense ministers on what the Ukrainians believe are the operational realities of the war – and what they need to win it,” the report says.

CNN added those discussions are happening quietly, because the United Kingdom has traditionally not wanted to be seen as out of step with its allies.

Earlier CNN reported the United States is set to finalize a huge military aid package for Ukraine, totalling approximately $2.5 billion worth of weaponry.

The new package will for the first time include Stryker combat vehicles, more Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, and mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles, known as MRAPs.

However, the announcement is not expected to include tanks or the long-range missiles that Ukraine has repeatedly asked for.

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