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U.S. Does Not Rule Out Supplying Kiev With ATACMS Ballistic Missiles: White House

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U.S. Does Not Rule Out Supplying Kiev With ATACMS Ballistic Missiles: White House

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The United States does not rule out the possibility of providing Kiev with extended-range ATACMS missiles, White House National Security Council Strategic Communications Coordinator John Kirby said on February 22.

“We never took ATACMS off the table. They are still part and parcel of the discussions that we’ve been having with Ukraine,” the senior official told reporters at a briefing.

Later, Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Sabrina Singh said that the Department of Defense will allow for the possibility to supply ATACMS missiles to Kiev, but only after the U.S. Congress allocates funds to support Ukraine.

“We are considering sending [weapons], that Ukraine’s top priority or priorities are still Air Defense artillery ammunition. … I don’t have anything to preview for you … But we certainly want to make sure that we’re getting Ukraine what it needs. We can only do that when we have the supplemental passed in Congress,” she said.

When asked whether ATACMS missiles can be included in the new assistance package, Singh said “we are not taking anything off the table.”

The MGM-140 is a tactical ballistic missile that can be fired from the tracked M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) and the wheeled M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), both are already in service with Kiev forces.

Commenting on Kirby and Singh’s remarks, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland said that the U.S. Does not impose any bans on allies supplying any weapons to Kiev.

“Again, I’m not aware of the US preventing allies from sending weapons to Ukraine,” she said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, answering a question about the possible transfer of extended-range ATACMS missiles to Kiev.

Nevertheless, Nuland stressed that she would not comment on the choice of targets for strikes by the Ukrainian armed forces or talk about whether Washington gives any advice to Kiev on this matter.

“But again, I’m not going to comment on whether these choices that Ukraine makes about where it strikes, or about the advice that we give them,” she said.

In October 2023, a year and eight months after the start of the Russian special military operation in Ukraine, Kiev forces received a limited number of ATACMS from the U.S. However, the missiles were of the older M39 Block I verison, which has a range of 165 kilometers. This version is armed with a cluster warhead with 950 M74 bomblets.

Kiev forces used the missiles to target Berdiansk Airport as well as several gatherings and ammunition dumps of the Russian military in the special military operation zone. Some of the missiles were intercepted and the damage caused by the strikes was very limited.

Last February, NBC News reported that the U.S. President Joe Biden is considering providing Ukraine with extended-range ATACMS.

The broadcast didn’t specify which version could be supplied to Kiev forces. The U.S. could supply the M39A1 Block I which armed with a cluster warhead with 300 M74 bomblets but has a range of 300 kilometers, or with the M48 QRU and M57 Block IA Unitary versions which are both armed with WAU-23/B unitary warheads and have a range of 270 and 300 kilometers respectively.

Kiev forces could use extended-range ATACMS missiles to attack targets in the Crimean Peninsula, or deeper in Russian territory.

Such attacks would be a major escalation. Still, the U.S. and its allies appear to be willing to take the risk. This is likely due to Ukraine’s recent defeats in the battlefield, from the failure of the spring counteroffensive to the recent fall of Avdeevka city.

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fat boy slim here

if yanks do it, then it will be 100% high time for russia to destroy american satellites with a click of a mouse.

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huh

pathetic. it is not working like that, all the satellites will be destroyed by emp.

fat boy slim here

you are pathetic, you think russians would do it if they dont have a back up for their own sats? fool

huh

one thing is reality, other thing is internet trolling. in case of emp all the satellites will be knocked out. it means “pearl harbor” event and ww3 as everybody in the west will blame russia or china. it means strategic nuclear exchange and end of the life except of golden billion, which in reality would be golden 10.000 (humans??). soro, roths, rockefell and their inner circle of elite globalists will survive but nobody else. including you.

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fat boy slim here

one thing is reality, other thing is huh’s infinite stupidity and bs. first of all, yes the usa (not the west, many countries in the “geographic west” have no problem with russia, for example brazil, cuba, venezuela and others) will blame russia, so what? everybody knows that only russia owns the tech. putin does not give a shit.

fat boy slim here

and secondly, there will be no “nuclear exchange”. it will be one side destroying the other. nato only has conventional nukes that rf can intercept with different means inc. s-550, multilayered ad, jammers etc. now can the usa stop russian hypersonic nukes, no they can’t. and third, the us will not be able to retaliate anyway because they will not have any military sat available. it will be game over for the usa. russia will continue to live and prosper. cope.

No love for 1776!

the usa would nuke their own cities and blame it on russia or china.

Mowaten

don’t forget this is all speculation, we don’t know what exactly the americans were freaking out about or even if it’s not just fearmongering. this said, one hypothesis i heard is that russia has or is developing a nuclear-powered satellite with a laser weapon that can take out infinite number of satellites. if true, that would be much more efficient and dangerous than a single-use nuke (which would indeed destroy indiscriminately all satellites in range)

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Sunny

nice larp. this new variant of atacms has probably been supplied already, and if not, then soon. and there’s literally nothing that russia will do about it. just like they did nothing when the us supplied the other cluster ammo variant.

Paul

sadly i think you’re right.

what russia should do is adopt yemen as a proxy, and let them give it back to the british and american ships with russian hypersonic missiles.

Sunny

no, what russia needs to do is not do the exact same thing that they’ve been doing for 2 years. drive tanks into mine fields with 0 protection against drones. and they will do all these things without even softening the enemy up using air/missile/drone strikes. they’ll just go and drive in minefields until they’re dead.

idk if you noticed this but the front lines have not moved in over a year. why do u think that is?

John Kesich

tell it to nuland’s nazis in avdiivka. if the nonsense you describe were actually going on, ukraine would be winning. slava bandera? going to add me to the myrotvorets list?

captain hohol

that’s literally not what they’re doing.

huh

as i said before. the next step is to place tactical nukes on them. according to the schedule.

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Christopher

the us will then get the same, a mushroomed ‘from russia with love’.

huh

perhaps the u.s. elites don’t like america’s 340 million “subhumans” and would like russia to take care of them? maybe this is part of a plan to “depopulate” the planet? maybe the roths.. sold his 300-year-old property in switzerland because he knows europe is going to be destroyed? maybe sor bought large fields in argentina and brazil because he knows that south america will be safe? maybe zuck is building doomsday vaults on hawaii for a reason ?

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Sunny

doubtful. the war is meant only to de-industrialize europe and kill some russians/ukrainians while they’re at it. in the meantime the population is being replaced with immigrants and some are killed with slow-kill weapons.

it’s a multi generational plan. they’re not going to risk killing themselves just so that you can look at some mushroom clouds.

captain hohol

the problem is those elites would have just as hard a time as everyone else, time spent in bunkers means rehabilitation of the land becomes more difficult.

life would be just as miserable and shitty for those elites after leaving the comfort of their bunkers as anyone else, it would take half a century to get close to fixing things and in that time those elites could die out themselves by misadventure.

nukes on united states soil is a death sentence to that country.

Christopher

mission creep for the us, same as in vietnam and decades later afghanistan.

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huh

unfortunately, this is not true. during vietnam, the risk of nuclear escalation was high, but it was nowhere near the actual risk today. the atomic bombs 50 years ago were primitive, with high yields and zero precision. you would have to use hundreds of them to destroy a single icbm facility with a 90 percent chance and it would cause a nuclear winter for 50 years.

huh

today you can do it with 50 precision tactical missiles with 100 percent probability and it will cause less radioactivity than one chernobyl, so they are not afraid of it. actually, they are working on it step by step because they want to “reduce population” on the earth anyway.

Christopher

who said anything about nukes? the us has a habit of getting involved in wars they can’t ever win.

Paul

the russians should provide yemen with kinzhal missiles and send teams to help them sink as many american naval ships as possible, ideally saving their first missile for an aircraft carrier.

that’s how you kill the american empire.

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Mike

they should also provide syria and iraq missiles to get rid of americans on their land. once they get to a point of being attacked everywhere, they will back off. americans only attack those that cannot fire back at them. russia should change those rules once and for all. kill americans and brits to make the world safer.

Paul

if america uses ukraine as a proxy against russia, russia should use yemen as a proxy against america.

it’s time russia gave a tat back to americas tit.

Ivan Notor

if they bombed children and civilians in iraq knowingly, be certain that they will send atacms.

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Highlander

flight24 you can see americans aircraft cooperating with the firing of drone underwater drones giving the coordinates to kill russians.

Highlander

no point, the exercise is to carry forward the bankers agenda!

MOTOROLA

this is serious escalation. i think they will target moscow with it.

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MOTOROLA

this will be great victory for nuland

John Kesich

the us seems hell bent on provoking russia into some action that it can use as an excuse for a nuclear first strike. they clearly want ww iii but want to be able to falsely claim russia provoked it. doubtless these psychopathic scum think they’ll ride out the ensuing nuclear winter in their luxury bunkers. i wish musk would get his act together and fly them all to mars and let peace loving people get on with solving the world’s problems.

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captain hohol

russia needs to hold on long enough for donald trump to be elected or for civil war to erupt which unequivocally will if biden is re-elected, as soon as summer of next year.

this is why the biden admin is freaking out and doing this, they’re behind schedule, the “angry united states population” time bomb is ticking down and when that timer reaches zero, nato is basically finished.

TaiwanIsNext

tactical nukes will be used to create a permanent buffer zone in ukraine.

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captain hohol

the only reason why they’d be considering this is because it’s a race against the clock for the biden admin, they’re planning insidious things for the united states and depending on the outcome of the united states election, there could be civil war in the united states in 2025.

understand if civil conflict happens in the united states, nato could collapse.

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Shaman

amerikan has humiliated themselves–all their crap inferior to russian—time to destroy all their ugly trash…then allow ukrop unconditional surrender

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