Ukraine has made major requests for new weapons it wants from the US, including a longer-range missile system, as it plans to launch more offensives in 2023, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.
According to a document presented to US lawmakers, among the weapons Ukraine wants is the Army Tactical Missile System, or ATACMS, a surface-to-surface missile system that has a range of about 190 miles, significantly longer than any arms Washington has provided Kyiv up to this point.
The US has previously denied requests from Ukraine to send ATACMS over concerns they could be used to target Russian territory. But Washington has demonstrated throughout the conflict its willingness to escalate support for Kyiv despite the risk of provoking a response from Moscow.
The HIMARS systems that the US has been sending Ukraine have a range of 50 miles and were provided with the condition that they won’t be used to hit targets inside Russia, although the restriction doesn’t apply to Crimea, which Moscow has controlled since 2014.
The document says that Ukraine is seeking a total of 29 types of weapon systems and ammunition from the US for “offensive operations.” They include tanks, drones, artillery systems, more ammunition for the HIMARS, and more Harpoon anti-ship missiles.
Ukraine’s requests come after a successful counteroffensive in the northeastern Kharkiv oblast. Russian forces were outnumbered in the region and withdrew from the area, allowing Ukraine to gain significant territory.
The White House said Tuesday that the US is preparing a fresh weapons package for Ukraine that may be announced in the coming days. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced the latest arms package last week and stressed the US and its NATO allies will be supporting the war against Russia for the “long haul.”