Democratic Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) signed onto a letter Tuesday alongside two of his House Democrat colleagues calling on the Biden administration to send Ukraine long-range tactical missile systems to aid in their war with Russia.
Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, the Biden Administration and Congress have directed well over $75 billion in aid to Ukraine, in the form of direct financial support, humanitarian aid, weapon systems and other equipment, and training.
The House Democrats’ letter, sent to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, comes after the Biden administration previously complied with a House Resolution urging the administration to provide Ukraine with certain Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS).
Golden and his colleagues are now calling on Biden Administration to provide Ukraine with longer-range ATACMS “to help Ukraine win this war.”
“Given reports of continued devastating war crimes committed by Russia’s long-range weapons, it’s more important than ever that we send Ukraine the longer-range ATACMS as soon as possible,” the three Democratic Congressmen wrote.
The longer-range “unitary warhead” ATACMS can reach a maximum distance of approximately 180 miles, which the House Democrats say could therefore be used to “strike anywhere in Russian-occupied areas, including Crimea.”
“Providing Ukraine with longer-range, unitary-warheads ATACMS would contribute to a quicker Ukrainian victory, thus preventing further loss of life and reducing the cost of this war on Ukraine, the United States, and Europe,” Golden and his colleagues wrote. “We respectfully request that the Biden Administration send longer-range ATACMS to Ukraine without delay.”