The United States is preparing to send advanced, long-range rocket systems to Ukraine; but Russia has warned that if the United States does this, it will be crossing ‘a red line’.
This article by Jim Sciutto, Natasha Bertrand and Alex Marquardt, writing for CNN, make the following points:
- The Biden administration is stepping up the kind of weaponry it is offering Ukraine, following requests from Ukrainian officials.
- Senior Ukrainian officials have pleaded in recent weeks for the US and its allies to provide the Multiple Launch Rocket System, or MLRS.
- The US-made MLRS can fire rockets further than any of the systems Ukraine already has—and that could be a game-changer in their war against Russia.
- A Russian TV host warned that if the Americans did provide MLRS to Ukraine, it could ‘provoke a very harsh response from Russia’.
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