Ukraine can use US-supplied weapons to fire from anywhere across border into Russia – Pentagon

Ukraine can use US-supplied weapons to fire from anywhere across border into Russia – Pentagon

Pentagon spokesperson Air Force Major General Patrick Ryder has stated that Ukraine can use weapons provided by the United States to hit Russian forces anywhere across the border into Russia and not just in Russian territory near Ukraine's Kharkiv region.

According to Reuters, Ryder told reporters that while there had been no change in policy, Ukraine's use of weapons against Russian troops was not limited to near Kharkiv on the Russian side.

"The ability to be able to fire back when fired upon is really what this policy is focused on... as we see Russian forces firing across the border, the ability for Ukraine to fire back at those ground forces using U.S.-provided munitions," Ryder said.

He added that it is self-defense and so “it makes sense” for Ukraine to be able to do that.

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Ryder's remarks echo comments made by White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan earlier this week.

"This is not about geography. It's about common sense. If Russia is attacking or about to attack from its territory into Ukraine, it only makes sense to allow Ukraine to hit back against the forces that are hitting it from across the border,” Sullivan told PBS.

According to him, Ukraine can also use air-defense systems to fire at Russian planes flying in Russian airspace, if they are about to fire into Ukrainian airspace.

Later, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken officially confirmed that Biden had authorized Ukraine to use American weapons against military targets in Russia.

Photo: Serhiy Mykhalchuk

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