The US is prepared to give Ukraine ATACM missiles, to which Russia retaliated by saying that the US has once again violated a “Red Line” amidst the war.
U.S. To Supply ATACM Missiles To Ukraine
In the early weeks of the Russian invasion in 2022, senior American officials affirmed that no plans exist to deploy Patriot ATACM missile batteries to Ukraine. They pointed out that American forces would be required to operate these systems on Ukrainian soil, making the U.S. an active participant in the battle.
According to reports from Responsible Statecraft, Western policymakers are concerned that a sudden, drastic increase in aid, mobilizing the full might of NATO’s arsenal into massive aid packages announcing all available weapons in a short amount of time, could spark a catastrophic escalation that could lead to the use of nuclear weapons and a direct conflict between NATO and Russia.
ATACM Missiles, Another Red Line Crossed By U.S.?
Deploying ATACMS missiles will enable Ukraine to reach targets roughly four times farther away than with the rockets that are presently supplied for its M270 multiple-launch rocket systems and U.S.-made High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, with a range of up to 190 miles, depending on the variant as reported in ABC.
Political pressure on Washington to deliver military help has intensified, combined with a desire to see greater success on the battlefield. This is because Ukrainian troops are finding it more difficult than they had anticipated to penetrate strongly fortified Russian lines in their current counteroffensive.