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Zelenskyy comes to Washington, DC, with a long military wish list. But what could he ultimately get?

By December 21, 2022No Comments

When President Volodymyr Zelenskyy meets with President Joe Biden in Washington, DC later today, he is expected to have a considerable military wish list with him. The visit — planned for weeks but a surprise to most onlookers — comes as Russia bombards vast swathes of critical infrastructure in Ukraine, and as Ukraine seeks to maintain its forward initiative after retaking the city of Kherson last month. Biden is expected to unveil a $2 billion military aid package on Wednesday, likely to include a Patriot missile defense system, a senior administration official told The Washington Post. It will also include a wealth of artillery, plus Joint Direct Attack Munition kits, which can turn unguided fighter jet bombs into guided ones, Politico reported. Ukraine has, for months, been requesting a Patriot system to deploy against Russia’s aerial bombardment. But it’s only one of the weapons Zelenskyy is expected to press for in his meetings with Biden and others. A person familiar with the discussions told Politico that Zelenskyy will also make the case for receiving long-range Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS), as well as Grey Eagle and Reaper drones. With a range of up to 190 miles, the ATACMS missile would help to give Ukraine the ability to strike far into Russian-held territory. But the US has long balked at providing them, fearing that long-range weapons would be too provocative for Russian leaders. In May, Biden ruled out supplying any weapon that had the potential to strike at Russia itself. In December it also emerged that the US had modified HIMARS systems that it had sent to Ukraine, to prevent them from being able to fire ATACMS. Providing the Gray Eagle — one the country’s most powerful drones — has also been a long-running sticking point for Biden, despite urging from US lawmakers. The drone, which carries up to four Hellfire missiles and has a range of 2,500 nautical miles, would provide Ukraine with a major advantage over the Black Sea, lawmakers argued. But the Biden administration is


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