The US was previously adamant about sending ATACMS missile systems to Ukraine because of US military officials They were afraid that Kiev would launch it on Russian lands, which would further escalate the conflict. On the one hand, the instability of the Russian General Staff in the past few days is considered equally serious, so the transfer of the missile system to Kiev was again raised as a possibility.
The range of the ATACMS tactical ballistic missile system is 300 km, so there will be practically no point in the occupied territory of Ukraine that the Ukrainian troops cannot reach. They may actually be able to use these systems against Russian missile launchers located in Crimea. According to the news, the occupied peninsula is one of the most important launching points for Iranian Sahad drones, with which the Russians fire on vital infrastructure in Ukraine.
ATACMS missiles can be launched from HIMARS missile launch stationsI. If modern missiles reach Kiev, Russian forces may have to withdraw their command posts more than 300 kilometers from the front line. This distance makes it very difficult to coordinate teams on the front line.
The cover image shows the South Korean ATACMS in operation. Photo credit: South Korean Ministry of Defense via Getty Images