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U.S. approves ATACMS missiles for Ukraine; also, Ukraine makes critical advance through Russian lines and takes out many high-level officers with deep strike
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ATACMS to Ukraine…
For those who caught it, I mentioned in my Thursday podcast that the Biden administration might be pulling a “juke move” and actually sending ATACMS in the latest package, despite news that they were NOT.
I explained this might be a way to gain a larger media hit than simply announcing them in the public press release. And I think that’s what happened.
If you have no idea what ATACMS are or what I’m talking about, welcome. You’re probably new here. lol
ATACMS missiles, or the Army Tactical Missile System (pronounced “attack 'ems”) have been much discussed for quite a while by people like me and analysts who have studied the war. (If you’re about to take a walk, drive, or spend some time at the gym or on a treadmill, check out last week’s podcast, where I break them down, beginning at timestamp: 13:49.)
Or, if you’re sitting at a computer, the Wall Street Journal put this video together.
And here’s a news article on them: US will send Ukraine ATACMS long-range missiles, Biden tells Zelenskiy.
Believe me, this is HUGE news for Ukraine, and there are some really pissed-off (and worried) Russian Generals this morning.
These missiles have a range of up to 190 miles, and they’re going to wreck Russia’s world inside occupied Ukraine. (Ukraine has agreed not to use them to attack Russian territory outside of Ukraine, as they have with previous weapons systems from the West.)
In other big news, two final points.
First, Ukraine has broken through the Russian anti-tank ditch and dragon’s teeth obstacles near Verbove, according to the Institute for the Study of War.
The ISW added the following important context:
CNN had an article citing the general leading Ukraine’s counteroffensive along the southern front, who said his forces have broken through in Verbove – and predicts an even bigger breakthrough to come.
The second big piece of news is that Ukraine claimed huge success from a major strike on Russia’s Black Sea Fleet headquarters in occupied Crimea.
The missiles hit a meeting of the fleet’s leadership, and killed and wounded dozens, including top officials. Russia confirmed damage to the building from Friday’s strike, but gave few details on casualties.
You can read about the strike here. And here’s video of the incident.
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