Ukrainian Armed Forces are currently equipped with Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems, a missile with a maximum range of about 80 kilometers when fired from a US Himars missile launcher.
Podolyak said the longer-range missiles would be “part of the negotiation process” in Ukraine’s next arms packages.
He said: “Only these missiles will make it possible to destroy almost the entire infrastructure of the Russian rear army, and without it they will fight much worse, if at all.”
Britain, the first ally to supply tanks, has “not ruled out” sending longer-range precision missiles to Ukraine, but sources warned this is not currently “considered”.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden denied Wednesday night that he was forced to send tanks under pressure from Berlin. Germany had refused to send its Leopard 2s unless the US sent some of its Abrams.
Putin expected our support for Ukraine to crumble
Biden said, “Germany didn’t force me to change my mind. We wanted to make sure we were all together. That’s what it’s about, helping Ukraine defend and protect Ukrainian land. It’s not an offensive threat to Russia.”
Biden said he consulted allies, including Rishi Sunak, whom he clumsily referred to as “Prime Minister Sunook.”
He added: “Putin expected Europe and the United States to weaken our resolve. He expected our support for Ukraine to crumble over time. He was wrong.”
The US president said he was “grateful” to his “good friend” Olaf Scholz, the German chancellor, adding: “Germany has really taken a step.”
Biden said delivering the Abrams tanks “will take time” but training for Ukrainian troops on them will begin “as soon as possible”.