Kyiv seeks US approval for missile strikes inside Russia – WH source

Ukraine has asked the Biden administration for help in identifying targets within Russia that Kyiv could potentially strike with its own arsenal, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal, citing sources from the White House and the Pentagon. 

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“They asked for help to strike Russia. It wasn’t only about weapon systems, but also about additional assistance in targeting the Russian military,” noted General Charles Brown, the head of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff. 

Moreover, Kyiv has requested that Washington authorize the use of American weapons to conduct strikes on Russian soil. This plea comes amid the advancement of Russian forces in the Kharkiv region, marking a significant success for Moscow over the past year and a half. The request, which was made last week, is currently under consideration. 

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The U.S. does not endorse

If the U.S. accedes to Ukraine’s demands, it could signify a substantial shift in American policy, which has aimed to minimize the risk of military escalation between Washington and Moscow while still extending support to Kyiv, as reported by the publication. 

A senior White House official stated that the U.S. does not endorse Ukraine’s initiatives to strike within Russian territory. “We do not encourage or tolerate attacks on Russian soil,” he emphasized, highlighting that this stance aligns with America’s longstanding policy. 

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On April 24, President Biden signed an executive order allocating $61 billion in military aid to Ukraine. Concurrently, it was revealed that the U.S. had covertly supplied Ukraine with long-range ATACMS. According to sources from Bloomberg within the White House, these missiles were part of a $300 million aid package approved on March 12, in response to increased Russian assaults on Ukraine’s critical infrastructure.

Crimea is not Russian – USA

During the night of April 30, Ukrainian forces deployed ATACMS to target Crimea. Both Simferopol and Dzhankoy were hit, resulting in the temporary closure of the Crimean Bridge. The Ukrainian military also managed to strike three air defense bases on the peninsula simultaneously, injuring five Russian servicemen.

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The United States does not oppose missile strikes on Crimea, viewing it as Ukrainian territory. The White House also does not object to attacks on Russian targets in other occupied regions of Ukraine. 

During a visit to Kyiv on May 15, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterated that the U.S. does not endorse the use of American weapons for strikes within Russian territory. “We don’t allow strikes outside of Ukraine,” Blinken emphasized. Nonetheless, he noted that Washington permits Kyiv to make its own decisions regarding their military operations. 

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

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On February 21, 2022, Russia stated that its border facility was attacked by Ukrainian forces, resulting in the deaths of five Ukrainian fighters. However, Ukraine quickly dismissed these allegations, labeling them as ‘false flags’.

In a notable move on the same day, Russia announced it officially recognized the self-proclaimed areas of DPR and LPR. Interestingly, according to Russian President Putin, this recognition covered all the Ukrainian regions. Following this declaration, Putin sent a battalion of Russia’s military forces, tanks included, into these areas.

Fast forward to February 24, 2022, global headlines were dominated by a significant incident. Putin commanded a forceful military assault on Ukraine. Led by Russia’s impressive Armed Forces positioned at the Ukrainian border, this assault wasn’t spontaneous but a premeditated action. Despite the circumstances resembling a war, the Russian government refrains from using this term. They’d rather refer to it as a “special military operation”.

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