US will send Ukraine ATACMS long-range missiles, Biden tells Zelenskiy

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and U.S. President Joe Biden

© APA | Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and U.S. President Joe Biden

# 23 September 2023 12:02 (UTC +04:00)

U.S. President Joe Biden has informed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that Washington will provide Kyiv with ATACMS long-range missiles, NBC News reported on Friday, citing three U.S. officials and a congressional official, APA reports citing Reuters.

Kyiv has repeatedly asked the Biden administration for Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS) to help attack and disrupt supply lines, air bases and rail networks in occupied territory.

But the White House did not disclose any decision on ATACMS when Zelenskiy visited Washington on Thursday for talks with Biden, even as it announced a new $325 million military aid package for Kyiv.

The White House and Pentagon declined to comment on the NBC report. The Pentagon also declined to say whether any promise of ATACMS were given to Zelenskiy during his meetings on Thursday at the Pentagon, saying: "In regards to ATACMS we have nothing to announce."

Biden publicly assured Zelenskiy on Thursday that strong U.S. support for his war to repel Russia will be maintained despite opposition from some Republican lawmakers to sending billions more in aid.

Zelenskiy thanked Biden on Thursday for the latest package of weaponry, including air defenses, saying "it has exactly what our soldiers need now."

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