The Pentagon secretly modified the advanced rocket systems it sent to Ukraine, ensuring the missiles couldn’t fire into Russia, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.
According to defense officials, the U.S. has supplied Kyiv with 20 of the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) since June. But the alterations were made to reduce the risk of a dangerous escalation of war.
The modifications, which were previously undisclosed, demonstrate the extent to which the Biden administration has gone to balance its backing for Ukraine’s armed forces — against the risk of escalation with Russia and the apprehensions among American officials that Kyiv might break its vow not to hit Russian territory with U.S.-provided weapons, according to the Journal.
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