US will supply Ukraine with ATACMS missiles regularly, Ukraine’s FM Kuleba says
More ATACMS missiles are expected: President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, has reached an agreement with US President Joe Biden for the US to provide a regular supply of these missiles
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kuleba, reported the information.
"Ukraine's acquisition of ATACMS missiles on a permanent basis is a direct outcome of the agreement between President Zelenskyy and President Biden, which was solidified during their personal meeting in Washington in late September. Less than a month has passed, and we are already witnessing tangible results," the minister said.
"By reading between the lines of the President's speech following the meeting with Biden, it becomes evident that a crucial decision had been taken, and among the pivotal choices available, this was the most logical one. Consequently, I express my gratitude to the United States for upholding their commitments and bolstering our military capabilities," Kuleba added.
ATACMS in Ukraine: details
On the night of October 16-17, Ukrainian defenders executed effective strikes on Russian helicopters and airfields in Luhansk and Berdyansk. According to reports from Western media, Ukraine utilized American long-range ATACMS missiles for the first time against Russian forces during this attack. These missiles had been discreetly supplied by the United States just a few days prior.
Later, the White House confirmed the supply of ATACMS missiles to Ukraine, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy confirmed Ukraine had used them against Russian troops.
Later, reports indicated that Ukraine had received about 20 long-range ATACMS missiles from the US.
Russian leader Vladimir Putin called the supply of ATACMS missiles to Ukraine a US mistake and noted that it posed an additional threat to Russia.