Biden announced new missiles and ammunition for Ukraine in an article

Writing in New York Times articleBiden said the US goal is “to see a democratic, independent, sovereign and prosperous Ukraine with the means to deter and defend against further aggression.”

He said that the new batch of weapons “will allow them to more accurately hit key targets on the battlefield in Ukraine.”

Officials have said the systems the U.S. is sending to Ukraine will be equipped with munitions that will allow Ukraine to launch missiles about 49 miles away. This is much less than the maximum range of the systems, but much more than anything that has been sent to Ukraine to date.

The new security assistance package, which will be officially announced on Wednesday, will also include air surveillance radars, additional Javelin anti-tank and anti-tank weapons, artillery shells, helicopters, tactical vehicles and spare parts to help Ukrainians continue to maintain equipment. , the officials said.

However, Biden was keen to make clear what the US goals are in Ukraine and was careful to note that the US does not seek to engage directly with Russia.

“We do not seek war between NATO and Russia. While I disagree with Mr. Putin and find his actions outrageous, the United States will not try to get him removed in Moscow,” Biden said about two months later. after declaring in Warsaw, Poland that Russian President Vladimir Putin “cannot remain in power”.

Ukrainian officials say the new security assistance comes as Russia strikes Ukraine in the east, where the country is outnumbered and outgunned. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has repeatedly pleaded with world leaders to provide more weapons and equipment.

CNN previously reported that U.S. officials have been debating for weeks about whether to send advanced missile systems to Ukraine because they can do a much bigger hit than any weapon they already have. The long-range weapons, technically capable of striking Russian territory, raised fears that Russia might view the shipments as provocative.

“Until the United States or our allies are attacked, we will not be directly involved in this conflict, either by sending American troops to fight in Ukraine or by attacking Russian forces,” Biden wrote in the article. “We do not encourage or allow Ukraine to strike outside its borders. We don’t want to prolong the war just to hurt Russia.”

Last Friday, a well-known Russian TV presenter warned that deliveries of long-range missile systems to Ukraine would “cross a red line,” which would “produce a very strong reaction from Russia.” But the Biden administration has made it clear that it will not send munitions for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems capable of striking deep into sovereign Russian territory.

“I think the United States wants to provide all possible assistance to the Ukrainians, without taking the situation to the point where the war spills out or, frankly, goes in a terrible direction,” Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said earlier. Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the US has taken some risk to its own readiness due to continued transfers of weapons from Defense Department stockpiles to Ukraine, Wormuth said, but not a risk that the Pentagon considers too high.

“We were really keen to provide whatever the politicians think is necessary to get to the Ukrainians. And we have taken some risk on our own readiness — not an unacceptable level of risk at all, but I think we will continue to do so,” she said, speaking at an Atlantic Council event about the role of the army in national defense strategy.

The president said US officials “see no sign at this time that Russia intends to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine, although at times Russian rhetoric to saber-rattling is itself dangerous and highly irresponsible.”

“Let me be clear: any use of nuclear weapons in this conflict on any scale would be completely unacceptable to us, as well as to the rest of the world, and would have dire consequences,” Biden wrote.

This story was updated with additional information on Tuesday.

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