The US Department of Defense said it was “conscious and conscious” of Ukraine’s request for multiple launch missile systems, but that “decisions… have not yet been made.”
“Our goal from the start has been to try to help them in the fight they’re in today,” outgoing Pentagon press secretary John Kirby told reporters.
“I wouldn’t go so far as to say it was too late to provide the Ukrainians with any system or capability they might need because they are very active in the fighting and have pushed the Russians back near Kharkiv,” Kirby said.
However, Kirby said the Defense Department is “aware of the clock” when it comes to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“We are always as careful as we have been from the beginning, mindful of the hour here, bearing in mind this sense of urgency, and mindful that time is not our friend, which is why we have continued to move equipment literally every day for the last 90 days of this war,” Kirby said.
CNN reported Thursday that the Biden administration is preparing to send the MLRS systems as part of a larger package of military and security assistance to Ukraine, which could be announced as soon as next week. The MLRS and its lighter weight version, HIMARS, can fire up to 300 kilometers (186 miles), depending on the type of ammunition.
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