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1) Alfred Hackensberger, “Jetzt hat Kiew Waffen aus dem Westen und benutzt sie nicht. Warum?, Die Welt, den 14. Juni 2023;
2) Alfred Hackensberger, “Now Kiev has weapons from the West and does not use them. Why?” Die Welt p, June 14, 2023;
Alfred Hackensberger is Die Welt’s Correspondent for war and crisis areas
History and historical clues are often to be fount in the details, A writer with a good historian’s eye is always on the look-out for suchbdetails.
In a review of Ukraine’ use of Western-supplied weapons to date and in its current counter-offensive, Hackensberger mentions in passing one tantalizing rumored detail. He writes:
The counter-offensive as a cat-and-mouse game? A surprising element would fit well with this. A momentum, as Ukraine had already conjured out of its hat in Kharkiv. It is still completely unclear what Kiev is planning. Perhaps Washington will finally give the green light to use the long-range missiles ATACMS, which, according to rumors, are already stored in Ukrainian depots.
It would make great sense to have the ATACMS already stored in depots, together with unmodified HIMARS artillery units capable of firing them–or, alternately, quietly to undo the modifications Biden originally ordered to limit their range when providing them.
That would mean the ATACMS and HIMARS capable of launching them could be quickly integrated into the combine armed forces counter-attack of Ukraine. This would give Ukraine an enormous advantage, with the capability of striking targets up to 180 mikes (300 km) away. That means Ukraine could strike any Russian target in the Crimea, as well as the Kerch Strait Bridge.
The world, and perhaps the future course of the war, awaits a green light from President Joe Biden.
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