Ukraine offers US ‘veto’ over Russian targets to get ATACMS systems

3 October, 07:05 PM
ATACMS long-range missiles would allow Ukraine to go beyond a strike radius of 70-80 kilometres (Photo:REUTERS/Ints Kalnins)

ATACMS long-range missiles would allow Ukraine to go beyond a strike radius of 70-80 kilometres (Photo:REUTERS/Ints Kalnins)

The Ukrainian government has offered the United States full and ongoing control over intended Russian targets in an effort to obtain Army Tactical Missile Systems, or ATACMS, U.S. broadcaster CNN reported on Oct. 3.

CNN said its report was based on information from multiple officials familiar with the discussions.

It said this remarkable transparency essentially gives the United States veto power over Ukraine’s selection of Russian targets. It is also meant to convince the U.S. administration that providing the critical weapons would not lead to strikes inside Russian territory.

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ATACMS long-range missiles would allow Ukraine to go beyond a strike radius of 70-80 kilometres, which is currently the maximum for the M-142 HIMARS and M-270 multiple launch rocket systems, which are in service with the Armed Forces of Ukraine. ATACMS in the M-48 and M-57 modifications can hit targets at a distance of up to 300 kilometers.

Earlier, Jake Sullivan, the U.S. President’s National Security Advisor, said that Washington was not ready to provide Ukraine with missiles with a range of 300 kilometers for HIMARS.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said in August that Ukraine has an agreement with the United States not to use weapons supplied by the West for attacks on Russia.

In June, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Ukraine was not going to strike Russian territory and was not shelling civilian areas, despite regular false claims by Russian propagandists that it was doing so.

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