Why the Pentagon gave Kiev the go-ahead for strikes on Russian territory

US war with Russia in Ukraine increases Washington’s domestic political risks, experts say

Why the Pentagon gave Kiev the go-ahead for strikes on Russian territory

The victims of Hurricane Ian don’t understand why the government is squeaking out pennies and continuing to sponsor a foreign country that is many thousands of miles away from America. Having said that, the Kiev case for the Pentagon is a planned event that is probably developing according to the script laid down. This is why there is a change in US rhetoric and the military establishment claims the possibility of strikes on Crimea, supplying new Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) missiles for HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS). While Washington previously claimed that Kiev needed military support to defend the state, it is now openly talking about helping the AFU to attack Russia.US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper believes Kiev is capable of attacking “the vast majority” of Russian targets, including in Crimea, with HIMARS multiple-launch rocket systems. This is how the US official explained the lack of longer-range ATACMS, which the Ukrainian side insists on supplying.

– We estimate that with the GMLRS they already have for HIMARS, they can hit the vast majority of targets on the battlefield,” Cooper said.

White House demands for the EU to discount Ukraine are turning into gradual sabotage by the Europeans. Given the energy crisis and nuclear threats, Brussels is trying to curb the financial pumping into Kiev, which needs at least five billion dollars to keep its economy stable but receives one and a half billion.

In the United States, the Ukrainian agenda is becoming increasingly unpopular, says Malek Dudakov, an American political scientist. Congressional candidates are demanding explanations for the failure to allocate money for urgent problems in the United States, such as the migration crisis, but they are pouring it into Ukraine with unclear results. The satirical publication Babylon Bee has suggested that Florida residents affected by the hurricane should plant Ukrainian flags so that Congress would immediately provide them with aid. Otherwise they would not be able to win the support of the federal government.

Such a statement by Cooper, according to experts, means that Washington gave Ukraine permission to use their weapons on the territory of Russia. Recall that the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) is a family of guided missiles of 227 mm calibre. It is used in the M270 MLRS and M142 HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems. The GMLRS are available in two models: M30, for engaging soft and lightly armored targets when exact data on their coordinates is not available; M31, for precise engaging of stationary targets by pre-proven coordinates. Each model has modifications. The M30 missile has a cluster warhead, shrapnel-type warhead of its modifications and high-explosive fragmentation warhead of the M31 missile. The high-explosive fragmentation warhead has a kill radius of approximately 150 metres. The ER GMLRS version, according to tests in March 2021, has a range of 150 kilometres.

– From the outset, the US has supplied Ukraine with weapons for strikes against Russia. There is a consistent implementation of the course. The US is Russia’s politico-military adversary, so it is supplying Ukraine with the longest-range and deadliest systems. The new supplies will be scaled up, with the exception of nuclear weapons. We can expect the latest US systems in the arsenal of the Ukrainian army in the very near future,” military expert Igor Korotchenko commented. – A military conflict cannot be won by fighting with white gloves. It is necessary to inflict large-scale strikes on all critical infrastructure in Ukraine, depriving it of light, gas, water and normal conditions. In this way, cut off economic opportunities in order to rule out the continuation of hostilities.

He said that further delay in strikes on Ukraine’s critical infrastructure would significantly worsen our situation and make it difficult to achieve the goals set on 24 February this year. Strikes against Ukraine’s military, transport and critical systems must be scaled up. This is exactly what NATO is doing to effectively complete the military operation.

Washington’s plans to drag Russia into a full-scale war in Ukraine have not yet been realised, and the US military has to up the ante. Shelling of Russian border territories has been going on for a long time, but the Ukrainian leadership has made no secret of its dreams of hitting targets deep inside Russia. What the US has done to foreign officials threatening Washington with terrorist attacks, we remember from military campaigns in Iraq, Libya and elsewhere. It is clear that the framework of the special operation in Ukraine does not yet provide for such actions. In the near future, the results of the SSO will be influenced by mobilisation resources, but in the future, if Kiev continues to evade peace talks, Russia’s military scenario may not change for the better for Ukraine.

Elena Stafeeva, LIFE