The reason why the US has not delivered ATACMS tactical mis.siles to Ukraine

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On Oct. 15, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Olha Stefanishyna said Kiev had not reached an agreement on the supply of the Army Tactical mis.sile System (ATACMS).

Last week, the WSJ reported that Washington refused to hand over ATACMS mis.siles, which have a range of up to 300 kilometers, to Kiev due to disagreements over the ability to strike targets in the Crimean peninsula, despite longstanding demands from the Ea.stern European country.

Russian Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov has said that the delivery of such mis.siles to Ukraine can be interpreted as direct U.S. involvement in the military conflict with Russia.

“I’m very far from answering yes,” Stefanishyna said when asked if Ukraine was close to securing fighter jets and ATACMS. “But the progress is really, really significant.”

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin signaled this week that the U.S. and its Western allies are having trouble keeping pace with Ukraine’s demand for the advanced weap.onry it needs to fend off Russia’s invasion That signal reflects dwindling supplies for Ukraine and fear in the White House of escalation that could lead to war between the U.S. and Russia.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin

The risk of reduced U.S. stockpiles of high-end munitions has been reported almost since the U.S. began contributing to Ukraine’s defense. 

Now, nearly eight months since the start of the war, experts interviewed by Fox News Digital say the U.S. is at or very near the end of its capacity to give. 

They agreed that Austin’s remarks indicate that the initial rush of high-end munitions like HIMAR roc.ket launchers, Javelin anti-tank mis.siles, anti-aircraft Stingers, and M-777 Howitzers is over. These sources said there may be two factors at play that are contributing to this reality.

 

Meanwhile, a congressional aide with working knowledge of these issues told Fox News Digital that while officials are hinting at limited supplies, there is still room to give more and that the slowdown is because of a different calculation the Biden administration is making.

“They’re afraid of escalation,” he said, explaining that Austin’s remarks are a sign that the administration is increasingly worried about crossing the line.

 

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