Politico says Biden’s reluctance to supply Ukraine with high-powered rocket systems has caused panic in Kiev
Ukrainian officials are increasingly frustrated by the Biden administration’s failure to provide Kiev with multiple US-built long-range rocket systems, Politico reported on Wednesday.
Citing three unidentified officials, the article said:Familiar with the problem,Although the Ukrainian government has been requesting for months the supply of US-made Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS), the White House apparently is still dragging its feet on potential shipments, worrying that this could be interpreted as further increase. By the Kremlin.
A congressmanWith knowledge of negotiationHe told Politico at Rammstein Air Base in the United States in April that “Speed“View during discussion”I think it’s cold“Now, with”Building frustrationAs a result, Kiev.
An unnamed Biden administration official, in turn, confirmed to Politico that Washington and Kyiv “In active discussionRegarding the MLRS, it should be noted that it is not possible to quickly supply all the weapons that Ukraine wanted.
An unnamed staff member went on to explain to the White House that “Decide on what weapon system provides the biggest bang for the buck.“With that in mind, the Biden administration has decided that”It was more efficient and efficient for sending 90 M777 [howitzers] Because you can send them more”For the amount of money allocated compared to MLRS.
While the United States has no problem sending multiple Soviet-era launch rocket systems to Ukraine, which the United States has a large number of Eastern European allies, Politico noted, Washington has stopped supplying Kiev with long-range and more destructive artillery systems, allowing Ukrainian military forces inside Russia. Allow to hit the target. According to the article, President Volodymyr Zelensky listed the M142 HIMARS and M270 MLRS multiple launch rocket systems among his country’s most needed weapons.
The M270 MLRS boasts a range of up to 70km and over 165km with more advanced missiles. More modern HIMARS can hit targets up to 300 to 500 kilometers away.
According to German media reports, Ukraine is not the only country dissatisfied with the United States. Die Welt reported on Wednesday that last Friday, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba took charge of German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht during a meeting of G7 foreign ministers in the country. In a private conversation with Lambrecht, Kuleba reportedly asked him for an honest answer about the supply of Gapard self-propelled anti-aircraft guns, which he had previously promised to Berlin-Kiev.
According to the report, the Ukrainian official demanded that either the lost ammunition for the vehicle be dealt with immediately, or that Germany finally accept that the matter was off the table – in which case, Berlin would be expected. “Focus on a new project.An unnamed Ukrainian source told Die Welt that it was a “Tough conversation“So that Kuleba became”Really mad“
Ukraine’s foreign minister told Lambrett that it was “Not right“Per”Announce something knowing there is no ammunition.Anonymous Ukrainian officials told the outlet that German Defense Minister Kouleba had promised that Berlin would continue to search for lost ammunition in third countries.
Asked for comment, the German defense ministry declined to comment, citing the personal nature of the conversation.
The German government gave the green light to supply Gapards to Ukraine in late April. However, no further progress has been made since then.
During their meeting, Kuleba reportedly requested Lambrecht to issue an export permit for the shipment of Leopard 1 tanks and Murder infantry combat vehicles with ammunition to Ukraine.