US to send new missiles to Ukraine with a 93-mile range
Assistant to the President of Ukraine Mikhail Podolyak said that negotiations are underway on the supply of longer-range missiles and attack aircraft.
“Each stage of the war requires a certain weapon. accumulation [Russia’s] reserves in the occupied territories requires specifics from [Ukraine] and partners,” Mr. Podoliak wrote on Twitter.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the delivery of longer-range missiles “won’t change the course of events” but would “escalate tensions.” Moscow often uses this response to fuel fears about nuclear escalation.
The GLSDB combines the GBU-39 small diameter bomb with the M26 rocket engine, both of which are widely used in American arsenals.
US stocks are falling
Tom Karako, an armaments and security expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said buying missiles like the GLSDB directly from industry rather than from existing stockpiles means “getting the quantity at a low price.”
Mr Karako said fears of depleting U.S. inventories are behind the ongoing production rush as current inventories “are getting low compared to levels we’d like to keep on hand.”
A Western official said on Tuesday that “any military needs increased depth, increased accuracy and lethality, and anything that contributes to this will be useful to [Ukraine]”.
The official dismissed Russia’s claims that it had destroyed large amounts of Ukrainian artillery as “disinformation,” adding that Moscow’s claim that it had destroyed far more of Kyiv’s military capability than it actually did was “a feature of this campaign.”