Ukraine can use whatever it needs to liberate its territories, says Pentagon

Ukraine must independently decide what operations to carry out to liberate its territories, a Pentagon official said when commenting on the possible use by the Armed Forces of Ukraine of long-range GLSDB missiles to liberate Crimea.

An official Pentagon representative, Brigadier General Patrick Ryder, said during a briefing on Feb. 4 that ground-launched small diameter bombs will give Ukraine “long-range fires capability that will enable them, again, to conduct operations in defense of their country and to take back their sovereign territory in Russian-occupied areas.”

The GLSDB’s technological advances make it a potentially more effective weapon that Ukraine’s much-vaunted HIMARS long-range multiple launch rocket systems. The GLSDB’s navigation system enables it to be steered around obstacles like mountains and known anti-air defenses, unlike traditional artillery, which follows a parabolic arc towards its target.

The weapon is also equipped to defeat some jamming attempts and has a programmable explosive.

“They are in the lead for those.  So, I’m not going to talk about or speculate about potential future operations, but again, all along, we’ve been working with them to provide them with capabilities that will enable them to be effective on the battlefield.”

On Feb. 3, the United States announced a new $2.175 billion military aid package to Ukraine, which includes, among other things, two HAWK air defense systems, 250 Javelin systems, Puma drones, radars and ammunition.

The Pentagon later confirmed that the new military aid package will include GLSDB (Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb) missiles with a range of 150 kilometers.

The HIMARS system has a range of half that, at about 70 kilometers — although this depends on the type of ammunition used. It can also launch ATACMS rockets, which have ranges of around 300 kilometers.

However, the United States is yet to supply Ukraine with these longer-range rockets.


  1. The headline is very misleading. It should read, “Ukraine can use whatever we slowly send to liberate its territories”

    Anyone with an ounce of brain knows that destroying the Kerch bridge, will cut the russian supply lines immediately. Yet all we get are weapons incapable of reaching the bridge, because some yellow bellied coward in the WH doesn’t want to provoke the second best army in Ukraine.

  2. “Ukraine can use whatever it needs, and we’re willing to send one day, to liberate its territories, says Pentagon”

    There, fixed the faulty headline.

    • America is helping Ukraine, thank God. But only deploying a small fraction of the awesome military and financial power at its disposal.
      After the Pearl Harbour attack, a Jap commander said “we have woken a sleeping giant.”
      At the moment the giant is still asleep. In 1939, Britain went to war alone against hitler and his partner Stalin over Poland; a country which the UK equivalents in those days of Peter Hitchens and the US equivalents of Tucker Carlson said “we should not get involved. Poland is a faraway country of which we know nothing.”
      Well we did get involved and it took two more years for the communist sympathizer FDR to join in, but only when Stalin had switched sides.
      I suggest that Britain and Poland should now join in to help Ukraine; at the very least with air power. It won’t be popular with the voters, but neither was it popular back in 1939.
      I don’t believe that putler would nuke us, because even acting alone, we have enough to vaporize Moscow, SP and his bunkers.

      • Speaking of voters, I wonder what they think about join in at least with air power. I think that most have come to the conclusion that things can’t go on as they have been. Our lackluster performance posses more dangers to us than our spinless leaders think, and I think the average voter knows this.

        • I don’t know if you can really talk about “the average voter” any more. I think the average MAGAt-cult-following Faux-news-viewing F*cker Carlson-watching voter thinks the US is supporting the wrong side.

          • Yes, we have quite a zoo, when it comes to politics and their supporters. I miss the old days…

  3. The trickle down approach has left the west practically no other alternative but to join in with force. Those countries willing to do so, should do so NOW! God help us and look upon us with favor for this righteous cause.

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