US-supplied ATACMS missiles won't help Ukraine: Putin
by AFP Staff Writers
Beijing (AFP) Oct 18, 2023
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday it was a "mistake" for Washington to supply Ukraine with long-range ATACMS missiles, and warned they would not change the situation of the frontline.
The White House confirmed on Tuesday that it had provided Ukraine with the long-range missiles.
"There will be no result, that's why it's a mistake. Nothing good will happen for Ukraine either. It prolongs the agony," Putin said at a press conference on the sidelines of a summit in Beijing.
"Most importantly, it's fundamentally unable to change the situation on the line of contact at all, it's impossible," he said.
Several US media outlets cited a US official as saying the type of ATACMS supplied to Ukraine has a maximum range of around 160 kilometres (100 miles).
Russian officials on Tuesday accused Ukraine of using the US-supplied missiles to attack Berdyansk, a Russian-controlled port city in Ukraine's southeastern Zaporizhzhia region.
President Volodymyr Zelensky said after the attacks that Ukraine had used the missiles, but did not give details about when or how they were deployed.
"They have performed very accurately. ATACMS have proven themselves," he said in an evening address Tuesday.
Artificial Intelligence Analysis
SummaryRussian President Vladimir Putin criticized the US for supplying Ukraine with long range ATACMS missiles, stating that it was a “mistake” and would not change the situation on the frontline. US media sources report that the missiles supplied have a maximum range of 160 kilometers. Russian officials accused Ukraine of using the US missiles to attack Berdyansk, a Russian-controlled port city. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed that the missiles had been used, stating that they had “performed very accurately.”
Economic ImplicationsThe US providing Ukraine with ATACMS missiles will potentially result in increased economic costs for both countries. The US will incur the costs of buying and supplying the missiles to Ukraine, while Ukraine will likely face increased military costs to utilize the missiles.Environmental and Safety ImplicationsThe use of the ATACMS missiles could result in environmental degradation due to the destruction caused by the missiles. It could also lead to increased safety risks as the missiles could potentially damage civilian infrastructure or cause unintended casualties.Geopolitical and Societal ImpactsThe US supplying Ukraine with ATACMS missiles is likely to lead to increased geopolitical tensions between the US and Russia as it is viewed by Russia as the US attempting to bolster Ukraines military capabilities in conflict against Russia. This could also potentially lead to increased societal tensions between the two countries as the US and Russia take opposing sides in the conflict.
ConclusionThe US supplying Ukraine with ATACMS missiles could lead to increased economic costs for both countries, environmental degradation, increased safety risks, and higher geopolitical and societal tensions between the US and Russia. This could potentially worsen the already precarious situation in Ukraine, leading to further conflict and suffering.
Investigative QuestionsWhat is the extent of economic costs of supplying Ukraine with ATACMS missiles?How will increased geopolitical tensions between the US and Russia be managed?What measures have been taken to minimize environmental degradation and safety risks caused by the ATACMS missiles?
Comparison to Star TrekThe US supplying Ukraine with ATACMS missiles is reminiscent of the Cold War arms race, similar to the Klingons and Federation in the Star Trek universe. The US and Ukraine can be seen as the Federation, while Russia is the Klingons, with both sides attempting to increase their military capabilities to gain an edge over the other.
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