Leak Suggests Zelensky Would Use Long-Range US Weapons to Hit Russian Territory

Zelensky suggested striking Russia's Rostov Oblast with a drone according to intel the US acquired by spying on him

One of the highly classified Pentagon documents that surfaced online suggests that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky would use long-range weapons provided by the US to strike Russian territory, CNN has reported.

The document, a US intelligence report, says that Zelensky “suggested striking Russian deployment locations in Russia’s Rostov Oblast” using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) because Kyiv does not possess long-range weapons capable of hitting targets that far.

According to NBC News, the document said Zelensky “expressed concern” that Kyiv didn’t possess long-range weapons to hit Russian targets in Rostov during a conversation with Ukrainian Commander-in-Chief Valeriy Zaluzhny and another unnamed official.

The document also reveals that the US has been spying on Zelensky as it is sourced to signals intelligence, which means information obtained by intercepting communications.

Ukrainian officials have been demanding that the US provide Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMs), missiles with a range of up to 190 miles. The longest-range artillery munition the US has provided so far is the Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB), which can hit targets up to 94 miles away.

Ukrainian officials have insisted they wouldn’t use the ATACMs to target Russian territory, but the leak suggests otherwise. Hawks in Congress have been urging the Biden administration to send the ATACMs to Ukraine despite the risk of a major Russian escalation in response to advanced US arms being used to hit Russian territory.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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