NewsUkraine pushes the US for the right to wield American weapons on Russia

Ukraine pushes the US for the right to wield American weapons on Russia

"WSJ": Ukraine has asked the USA for permission to use American weapons on the territory of the Russian Federation
"WSJ": Ukraine has asked the USA for permission to use American weapons on the territory of the Russian Federation
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10:23 AM EDT, May 18, 2024

According to reports by the "Wall Street Journal," Ukrainian authorities have approached the United States government for permission to use American weapons on the territory of the Russian Federation. A Ukrainian politician, referring to the restrictions imposed by Washington, stated that the US gave Ukraine a stick, but didn't allow to use it.

American authorities are still considering the Ukrainian request, reports PAP, citing information provided on Friday by the Wall Street Journal. The article noted that granting permission would mean a fundamental change in Washington's policy, which has long sought to limit the risk of military escalation between the US and Russia while supporting Ukraine.

The journal recalled that Washington supplied Kyiv with artillery equipment, including the ATACMS ground-to-ground missile system. However, it was stipulated that it could not be used for attacks on Russian territory. Ukraine agreed to this condition to prevent the conflict from becoming a direct clash between the United States and Russia, which explains the "WSJ."

"You give us a stick, but you don't allow us to use it"

Ukrainian media, including the UNIAN agency, reported earlier that Kyiv is pressuring the White House. In connection with this, a group of Ukrainian parliamentarians visited the USA.

"We see how the Russian military is one or two kilometers (less than a mile) from our border, and we can't do anything about it," said Oleksandra Ustinova, head of the parliamentary committee on weapons and ammunition of Ukraine, emphasizing the frustration of the Ukrainian army. "You give us a stick, but you don't allow us to use it," she added, referring to the restrictions imposed by the USA on Ukrainian forces.

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