In a recent development, multiple sources have revealed that US President Joe Biden has assured his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelenskyj, of providing a limited number of long-range ATACMS missiles. This commitment was made during Zelenskyj's visit to the White House last Thursday.
The information was disclosed by three unnamed government officials and a congressional official, all of whom are privy to the discussions.
NBC News reported this development, although the exact timeline for the missile delivery remains unspecified. Additionally, there is no word yet on when an official announcement regarding the ATACMS delivery will be made.
Several unnamed sources have informed The Washington Post that the Biden administration is on the verge of making a decision on this matter.
Ukraine has been seeking these types of missiles for several months. If the Ukrainian forces are equipped with ATACMS, they would be capable of targeting locations up to 300 kilometers away. This would enable them to strike railways, supply lines, and other strategic points in regions of Ukraine currently under Russian control.
Interestingly, just a day before this revelation, Jake Sullivan, the US National Security Advisor, denied that Biden had agreed to Ukraine's request for ATACMS missiles.
It's worth noting that the US has, in the past, initially declined Ukraine's requests for specific weapons, only to fulfill them at a later date. One such instance involves the Himars rocket system.
During Zelenskyj's recent visit to the White House, President Biden promised another weapons package for Ukraine. This package, valued at 325 million dollars, contains "exactly what our soldiers need right now," as stated by Zelenskyj.