The White House is still undecided on long-range missiles for Ukraine: The green light seemed close, but according to Washington Post news, there was a second thought. Which doesn’t rule out another pirouette in the future when they realize they’re truly indispensable in the capital.
Already in the past few days, Kiev has asked for the delivery of weapons capable of striking at a distance of 300 kilometers, ie the ACTAMS, which can be fired from Himars. And the Americans had pointed to the possibility, yes, a possibility, of helping the army to break through the occupier’s strong positions. A transition from a decided no to a probable yes, finally a step back.
The slowdown is attributed to a few factors by US sources.
1) There are not enough stocks, Lockheed produces 500 a year, but they are destined for other countries.
2) The Ukrainians have the French cruisers Scalp and the British Storm Shadow at their disposal instead, which are used specifically for depots and commands. Against the trenches they can fall back on the controversial cluster bombs.
3) There are other necessities for the resistance, especially demining equipment: The “camps” created by the Russians present a tough obstacle. Ukraine is probably the most heavily mined country in the world.
4) The diplomatic “brakes” are strong. The US is trying – as far as possible – to avoid further tensions with Moscow, fearing a job on Russian territory despite Zelenskyy’s assurances.
Russia does not have these problems or concerns, as evidenced by the bombing of enemy cities like Odessa. During the winter, predictions of a possible shortage of long-range missiles and production difficulties had been raised in the West, particularly in Britain.
Instead, the Armata continued to “fire” systems of all types of ships, submarines and aircraft. Factories could produce 100 carriers monthly. Obviously the analyzes were wrong. Conflicting assessments also exist of the defense lines put in place by the invaders, a debate exacerbated by Ukraine’s slow advance.
Some experts believe that the numerous “bastions” fulfill their role by guaranteeing frontline resistance, a decision attributed to General Surovikin. In fact, they are building new ones. It is clear that the devices (fixed and mobile) were partly underestimated and it would be wrong to speak of a “surprise” since the work of the engineers was clearly visible. Other observers, however, are optimistic, claiming that the effects of Ukrainian pressure will only be felt later due to the continued attrition of Putin’s troops.