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US may expand permission for use of its weapons depending on situation - White House

US may expand permission for use of its weapons depending on situation - White House Photo: John Kirby, security communications adviser to the US Presidential Administration (GettyImages)
Author: Liliana Oleniak

The White House does not rule out that in the future the United States may extend the authorization for Ukraine to use weapons. This decision will depend on the situation on the battlefield, says John Kirby, the presidential administration's security communications adviser.

Kirby notes that at every step of the war, as the situation on the battlefield changed, the US government developed and changed its support for Ukraine.

“And that’s — I wouldn’t expect that that general approach is going to be any different in coming weeks and months. We’ll see where things go and what the Ukrainians need,” he says.

When asked to elaborate on what kind of permit extensions could be discussed, Kirby replies, "I won’t get ahead of decisions that haven’t been made.”

Instead, he assures that the United States will not turn away from Ukraine's needs and will continue to try to develop our support, depending on the situation on the battlefield.

US weapons strikes on Russian territory

On May 31, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken confirmed that President Joe Biden had authorized the Ukrainian Defense Forces to attack military targets in Russia.

The day before, the media reported that Washington had allegedly authorized strikes only on Russian territory adjacent to the Kharkiv region.

Instead, Michael Carpenter, Senior Director for European Affairs at the US National Security Council, said that Ukraine can defend itself as needed. At the same time, he said, the authorization does not apply to ATACMS ballistic missiles.