Ukraine Pushes for US To Allow US Weapons To Be Used on Russian Territory

Ukraine is also asking for more intelligence on Russian forces inside Russia

Ukrainian officials have launched a new push to pressure the US into allowing US-provided missile systems to be used in attacks on Russian territory, which would mark a significant escalation in the proxy war.

A delegation of Ukrainian lawmakers has been in Washington lobbying for the restriction to be lifted in the wake of Russia’s Kharkiv offensive, which was launched from Russia’s Belgorod oblast. According to The New York Times, they’re also asking for more intelligence on Russian military positions inside Russian territory.

David Arakhamia, a senior Ukrainian MP and leader of the ruling Servant of the People party, is leading the delegation and slammed the US for not letting Ukraine use its US-made missiles on Russian territory.

“It’s like if somebody were to attack Washington, DC, from the Virginia state, and you say we’re not going to hit Virginia for some reason,” Arakhamia said at a media event in Washington, according to The Hill. “It’s crazy. Military people, like generals, they don’t understand. So they are pushing us as politicians, like stop [the policy] this is insane.”

Pentagon spokeswoman Sabrina Singh said on May 16 that the US has not changed its position that Ukraine should only use American-provided weapons to “take back Ukrainian sovereign territory.”

A pro-Kyiv neo-Nazi militia has used US armored vehicles in attacks on Russia’s Belgorod oblast, and Ukraine has been using US-provided ATACM missiles to target Crimea, but no US missiles have been used in attacks on the Russian mainland.

British Foreign Secretary David Cameron recently said Ukraine has the “right” to use British-provided weapons on Russian territory, prompting a serious warning from Russia. Russia summoned the British ambassador to Moscow and said if Ukraine used British missiles on Russian territory, Russian forces could target UK military sites inside Ukraine and “beyond.”

Author: Dave DeCamp

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