Biden reportedly allows Ukraine limited use of US weapons in Russian territory

Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Joe Biden
Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Joe Biden

The White House has privately given Ukraine permission to carry out strikes on Russian territory using U.S.-supplied weapons, but only in areas directly adjacent to Kharkiv Oblast, Politico reported on May 30, citing unnamed U.S. officials.

“The president recently directed his team to ensure that Ukraine is able to use U.S. weapons for counter-fire purposes in Kharkiv so Ukraine can hit back at Russian forces hitting them or preparing to hit them,” the source said.

The official added that U.S. policy regarding long-range strikes inside Russia has not changed.

On May 28, French President Emmanuel Macron became the latest Western leader to publicly support permitting Kyiv attack military targets across the border using foreign weapons.

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The United States and Germany remain the two major suppliers of military aid to Ukraine to insist that their weapons can exclusively be used withing sovereign Ukrainian territory. This policy aims to reduce the risk of Moscow striking NATO members directly if Russia chooses to view them as Kyiv’s co-belligerents in the war.

On May 29, AFP reported, citing unnamed sources, that Ukraine had already used Western weapons to strike Russian territory several times, most recently in Krasnodar.

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