After ATACMS, Ukraine may get longer range missiles to hit airfields – political analyst
Vitaliy Kulyk, political scientist and director of the Centre for Civil Society Studies, believes that after ATACMS, Ukraine can expect longer-range missiles from the United States
He expressed this opinion on the Espreso TV channel.
"I think we can count on longer-range missiles. Perhaps not enough to destroy the Crimean bridge, but it will be enough to strike enemy airfields," Kulyk said.
This will make the Russian strategic or tactical aviation to move away from the front line. Accordingly, Ukraine's air defense forces will have more time to prepare to repel attacks, the political analyst said.
"Long-range missiles create problems for the supply of fuel and equipment for the Russian army at the front. It also increases our combat capabilities. And, of course, it is the destruction of the transport corridor," Kulyk stressed.
Currently, Russia is actively building a railway to connect Donetsk and Mariupol, thus simplifying the supply of equipment and ammunition to the southern front.
"Actually, if we had a sufficient number of medium- and long-range missiles, we would not care much about these corridors. I think that the US is already approaching this, and the next step will be the transfer of long-range missiles," Vitaliy Kulyk said.
On the night of October 16-17, Ukrainian forces successfully attacked Russian helicopters and airfields in Luhansk and Berdyansk.
Foreign media wrote that during this attack, Ukraine used for the first time against Russian troops the American long-range ATACMS missiles that the United States had secretly sent a few days earlier.
Later, the White House confirmed the transfer of ATACMS missiles to Ukraine. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced that they would be used against Russian troops, and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valerii Zaluzhnyi demonstrated how Ukrainian defenders used them on the battlefield.
Later it was reported that Ukraine had received about 20 long-range ATACMS missiles from the United States. However, the Ukrainian army cannot use them to strike at Russian territory.
Russian dictator Vladimir Putin called the supply of ATACMS missiles to Ukraine a US mistake and noted that it posed an additional threat to Russia
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that the US would supply Ukraine with ATACMS missiles on a regular basis.