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Ukraine could fire US-supplied missiles deeper into Russia in self-defense, the Pentagon says

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ukraine’s military may use U.S.-supplied longer-range missiles to attack targets in Russia over more than just the front lines near Kharkiv if Kiev acts in self-defense, the Pentagon said.

President Joe Biden initially eased restrictions on how Ukraine could use U.S.-supplied ammunition to give the country another option to better defend the eastern city of Kharkiv from a relentless barrage of Russian missiles. Since the beginning of the Russian invasion in 2022, the US had maintained a policy of not allowing Ukraine to use the weapons it supplied to hit targets in Russia, fearing further escalation of the war.

Russia has fired on Ukrainian targets from within its border and treated the area as a “safe zone,” said Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder, the Pentagon’s press secretary.

“As we see these forces conducting these types of operations from across the border, we have explained that Ukraine can and has the right to return fire to defend itself,” Ryder told reporters Thursday.

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The White House also announced Thursday that it is rushing the delivery of air defense interceptor missiles to Ukraine by diverting planned shipments to other allied countries, as Washington works to counter increased Russian attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure.

The US already sent Ukraine a consistent stream of interceptors for its air defense systems, including for the Patriot missile batteries and the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems, or NASAMS.

National security spokesman John Kirby told reporters that more is urgently needed as the Russian military has accelerated missile and drone attacks on cities and infrastructure centers ahead of this winter. The rushed shipments are expected to include hundreds of Patriot missiles.

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