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Ukraine disappointed with level of US support – media – RT World News

Politico says Biden’s reluctance to give Ukraine high-powered rocket systems has become a source of consternation for Kyiv

Ukrainian officials are growing increasingly frustrated with the Biden administration’s inability to provide kyiv with US-made long-range multiple launch rocket systems, Politico reported on Wednesday.

According to the article, citing three unnamed officials “familiar with the problem,“Even though the Ukrainian government has been soliciting delivery of the US-made Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) for months, the White House still seems to be dragging its feet on the potential shipment, fearing it could be interpreted as a new escalation by the Kremlin.

A member of Congress »knowing the discussionswhich was held at Ramstein US Air Force Base in April told Politico that the “momentum“seen during the talks”seems to have cooled down“now with”construction of frustration” in kyiv accordingly.

An unnamed Biden administration official, in turn, confirmed to Politico that Washington and Kyiv were “in active discussionabout the MLRS, noting however that not all the weapons requested by Ukraine could be delivered quickly.

The unnamed staffer went on to explain that the White House must “make decisions about which weapon systems offer the best value for money.“With that in mind, the Biden administration would have decided that”it was more effective and efficient to send the 90 M777 [howitzers] because you can send morefor the amount of money allocated, compared to the MLRS.

Ukraine disappointed with level of US support – media – RT World News

While the United States has had no problem shipping Soviet-era multiple-launch rocket systems to Ukraine, which America’s Eastern European allies have in abundance, a Politico noted, Washington stopped short of supplying kyiv with artillery systems with longer range and greater destructive power, which would allow the Ukrainian military to hit targets inside Russia. According to the article, President Volodymyr Zelensky listed the M142 HIMARS and M270 MLRS multiple rocket launchers among the weapons his country needs most.

The M270 MLRS has a range of up to 70 km and over 165 km with more advanced missiles. More modern HIMARS can hit targets between 300 and 500 km away.

Judging by German media reports, it is not just the United States that Ukraine is unhappy with. Die Welt reported on Wednesday that last Friday Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba took on German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht during a meeting of G7 foreign ministers in the country. In a private conversation with Lambrecht, Kuleba allegedly asked him for an honest answer regarding the delivery of the self-propelled anti-aircraft gun Gepard, which had been promised to kyiv by Berlin earlier.

According to the report, the Ukrainian official demanded that either the missing ammunition for the vehicle be quickly arranged, or Germany should finally admit that the subject is not on the agenda – in which case, one would expect what Berlin”focus on a new project.“Anonymous Ukrainian sources told Die Welt that it was a”difficult conversation“into which Kuleba has become”really mad.

Ukraine’s foreign minister reportedly told Lambrecht that he was “disagree” for “declare something, knowing that there is no ammunition.Unnamed Ukrainian officials told the outlet that Germany’s defense minister had promised Kuleba that Berlin would continue to search for the missing munitions in third countries.

When asked to comment, the German Defense Ministry declined to release details, citing the private nature of the conversation.

The German government gave the go-ahead for the delivery of Gepards to Ukraine at the end of April. However, there has been no progress since.

During their meeting, Kuleba also reportedly urged Lambrecht to issue an export permit for the shipment of Leopard 1 tanks and Marder infantry fighting vehicles as well as ammunition to Ukraine.

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