US does not support Ukraine by using US weapons in Russia: Ambassador

According to US Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink, the US does not “encourage” Ukraine to use US weapons against targets inside Russia.

President Joe Biden’s $61 billion aid package for Ukraine was ultimately passed by Congress and signed into law last week, with Kiev beginning to receive new shipments of weapons and military equipment within days.

Earlier this year, before the passage of the aid package, the Biden administration secretly sent long-range Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS) to Ukraine that could hit a range of targets on Russian territory.

Brink applauded the move last month and wrote in an after told

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U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink speaks at an event in Kiev, Ukraine, on November 13, 2023. Brink said this week that the U.S. will not “enable or encourage” Ukraine to use U.S.-supplied…

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However, while speaking to Ukrainian media on Thursday, the US ambassador reportedly stressed that all American-supplied weapons should not be used for attacks in Russia, regardless of their capabilities.

“The first part of helping Ukraine defend itself is providing our weapons and those of our partners to support the efforts of your brave heroes on the front lines to return your territories,” Brink said, according to The Kyiv Independent.

“Our position from the beginning has been that we do not enable or encourage the use of our weapons in Russia, outside the territory of Ukraine,” she added.

Newsweek On Friday evening, the Ukrainian military asked for comment via email.

Some U.S. officials have expressed concern about a recent series of Ukrainian drone attacks on oil refineries in Russia, in part because of the attacks’ potential to destabilize the global oil market and drive up prices.

Vice President Kamala Harris called on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to stop the attacks during a private meeting in Germany in February. The Washington Post. Zelensky reportedly “waved away her concerns.”

The Ukrainian president has said that American weapons will not be used to hit targets in Russia, stressing that to mark the two-year anniversary of the war, only Ukrainian-made weapons would be used for attacks in Russia.

However, Russia could argue that the weapons have already been used to attack Russian territory, as the ATACMS have been used in regions of Ukraine that the Kremlin claims to have annexed.

Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed in 2014 to annex Crimea. In September 2022, he made the same claim about the Ukrainian regions of Zaporizhia, Kherson, Donetsk and Luhansk.

Ivan Stupak, national security advisor to the Ukrainian parliament, said Newsweek earlier this week, Kiev said it was working to “eliminate as many Russian war objects as possible” before Russian forces adapt to the long-range ATACMS.

“As we know, the Russians can adapt in a very short time,” Stupak said. “I think we have two months to eliminate as many Russian war objects as possible before the Russians adapt.”

While the U.S. has ruled that Ukraine cannot use American-supplied weapons in attacks in Russia, allies including Britain and Latvia have sent weapons to Ukraine without strings attached.

British Foreign Secretary David Cameron, Britain’s former prime minister, told reporters this week that Ukraine has the “right” to use the weapons it receives on targets inside Russia “just as Russia strikes inside Ukraine.”