He said the new shipments of weapons would “enable them to hit the main target more precisely on the battlefield in Ukraine.”
Officials say the systems the United States is sending to Ukraine will be armed with weapons that would allow Ukraine to launch about 49 miles of rockets. This is much less than the maximum range of the system, but much more than what was sent to Ukraine.
The new security assistance package, to be officially announced on Wednesday, will include aerial surveillance radar, additional javelin anti-tank weapons, anti-armor weapons, artillery rounds, helicopters, tactical vehicles and spare parts to help Ukrainians maintain equipment. Officials said.
Nevertheless, Biden sought to spell out exactly what the United States intended to do in Ukraine, and warned that the United States would not be directly involved with Russia.
“We do not want a war between NATO and Russia. As much as I disagree with Mr Putin and find his actions offensive, the United States will not try to oust him in Moscow,” Biden said after nearly two months. Russian President Vladimir Putin “cannot stay in power” after the announcement in Warsaw, Poland.
CNN had previously reported that U.S. officials have been debating for weeks whether to send advanced rocket systems to Ukraine, as they could strike far more than any weapon they already have. The long range of weapons, technically capable of striking Russian territory, has raised concerns that Russia may view the shipment as provocative.
“Unless the United States or our allies are attacked, we will not be directly involved in this conflict by sending American troops to fight in Ukraine or attacking Russian forces,” Biden wrote in the op-ed. “We are not encouraging or enabling Ukraine to attack outside its borders. We do not want to prolong the war just to hurt Russia.”
Last Friday, a prominent Russian television host warned that shipments of long-range rocket systems in Ukraine would “cross a red line” that would “provoke a very strong response from Russia.” But the Biden administration made it clear that it would not send ammunition for a high-mobility artillery rocket system that could hit deep into sovereign Russian territory.
Earlier in the day, Secretary-General of the United Nations Christine Warmuth said, “I think the United States is trying to provide all kinds of assistance to the Ukrainians without escalating the situation to where the war is taking place. Tuesday.
Meanwhile, with the continued shipment of weapons from the Defense Department’s inventory in Ukraine, the United States has taken some risks for its own preparation, Vermuth said, but not the risks that the Pentagon considers too much.
“We are really inclined to try to provide the Ukrainians with what policymakers deem necessary. And we have taken some risks to prepare ourselves – not an unacceptable risk, but I think we will continue. Do it.” He made the remarks while addressing a meeting of the Atlantic Council on the role of the military in national defense strategy.
The president said US officials “currently see no indication that Russia intends to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine, although Russia’s occasional speech to disrupt nuclear sabotage is itself dangerous and extremely 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 serious consequences,” Biden wrote.
This story was updated on Tuesday with additional information.