US says coming weeks ‘crucial’ for Ukraine – RT World News

Kyiv needs long-range weapons before it’s too late, says Adam Smith, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.

Ukraine may have only a few weeks left if it hopes to take back territory controlled by Russia, said House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith. told Politico’s National Security Daily on Monday. Ukraine’s forces will need long-range weapons such as tactical missiles and drone strikes to turn the tide of war, he said on the sidelines of a visit to Kyiv.

The news agency said that the approach of winter would turn the ongoing conflict between Moscow and Kyiv into a war that would only benefit Russia.

“Help them as much as possible now. The next three to six weeks are critical. Smith (D-WA) told the outlet. According to the congressman, the Ukrainian government is ready to reach a peace deal with Moscow but still wants its territory back, especially in the south.

Russian troops have taken control of Ukraine’s southern Kherson region and neighboring Zaporozhye region shortly after the start of the military operation in February. Local authorities in both regions have since considered holding referendums on joining Russia.

Us To Send More Himars To Ukraine

Kyiv has repeatedly stated that its goal is to retake all its territories. Earlier in July, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Koliba said his nation was the target of the conflict. “Restore our territorial integrity, and full sovereignty to the east and south of Ukraine.”

But this is not the first time that Kyiv has signaled that he wants to see the conflict end before the cold temperatures. In late June, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said at the G7 summit that he wanted to see an end to the conflict by the start of winter. According to Reuters.

Smith believes that Ukrainian forces will need heavy weapons to achieve this goal. “The HIMARS system with its range of… [of] 30 to 50 km is really helpful. We have already seen the effect in the last month. But if they had a longer range, it would be more difficult for the Russians to hide their equipment. Smith told RFE/RL Saturday while still in Kyiv.

Washington has so far delivered 12 HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems to Kyiv. Last week, the Pentagon announced that Ukraine is to receive four more of these systems, bringing the total to 16 on the battlefield.

However, Smith apparently believes that’s not enough, as he told RFE/RL that his goal was to send 30 such systems to Ukraine as soon as possible. Kyiv had previously requested at least 50 HIMARS multiple rocket launchers. There are other weapons on the congressman’s potential supply list. “Drones and Electronic Warfare” system

The Us Is Concerned About Zelinsky'S Safety.

The Us Is Concerned About Zelinsky'S Safety.

The head of the House Armed Services Committee, however, admitted that providing US fighter jets to Ukraine was not currently possible. Washington has provided $8.2 billion in aid to Ukraine since the start of the Russian military operation, but has so far avoided supplying Kyiv with some of its long-range weapons, such as Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS). It has a range of about 300 km. MQ-1C Gray Eagle drone.

US President Joe Biden’s administration is concerned about a possible escalation of the conflict if Ukrainian forces get their hands on weapons capable of hitting Russian territory. However, Smith believes Washington may yet change its mind.

“The administration is not ready to do that at this point, but good arguments are being made. That may change at some point.” he told Politico. Another congressman, Mike Waltz (R-FL), went even further when he suggested sending US military advisers to help Kyiv with planning and logistics.

Russia sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, citing Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, which were designed to grant special status to the Donetsk and Lugansk regions within the Ukrainian state. The protocol, brokered by Germany and France, was first signed in 2014. Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has since admitted that Kyiv’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to buy time. “Build strong armed forces.”

In February 2022, the Kremlin recognized the Donbas republics as independent states and demanded that Ukraine formally declare itself a neutral country that would never join any Western military bloc. Kyiv insists the Russian attack was completely unprovoked.

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