#Politico: Zelenskyy asked to hand over ATACMS long-range attack missile
11:30, Wednesday, 13 December, 2023
In a series of meetings on Capitol Hill earlier Tuesday, Zelenskyy emphasized the urgent need for more aid, laying out the stakes of the conflict and vowing accountability for how U.S. funds would be spent. After his meeting with Zelenskyy, House Speaker Mike Johnson reiterated his stance that any Ukraine aid must be paired with robust border security funding. Zelenskyy avoided weighing in on the Senate’s border talks, and lawmakers skeptical of quickly delivering funding emerged from the meetings indicating Zelenskyy’s appeal had done little to change their minds. Zelenskyy, however, did raise the need for the U.S. to supply longer range version of the Army Tactical Missile System, or ATACMS, during his meeting with Johnson, according to a person familiar with the conversation. The U.S. has supplied ATACMS with a shorter range, and top national security Republicans have in recent weeks urged Biden to send a longer-range variant so Ukrainian forces can strike Russian targets at a greater distance.