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Helsinki Commission: The U.S. should not only allow but also encourage strikes on targets in Russia

16 May, 2024
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Helsinki Commission: The U.S. should not only allow but also encourage strikes on targets in Russia

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The US Helsinki Commission stated that the US should allow Ukraine to conduct strikes against military targets in Russia's border areas amid an ongoing Russian offensive operation into Kharkiv region from Russia, although US officials continue to express unwillingness to support such strikes. 

The US Helsinki Commission stated on May 15 that the US should "not only allow but encourage" Ukrainian forces to strike Russian forces firing and staging in Russia's border areas as part of Russia's offensive operations into northern Kharkiv region.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated earlier on May 15 that the US has not "encouraged or enabled" Ukrainian strikes on Russian territory but noted that Ukraine must decide how to conduct this war.

Politico reported on May 14, citing two unnamed US officials, that the Biden Administration's policy prohibiting Ukraine's use of US-provided weapons to strike Russian territory has not changed.

Politico's sources stated that US military assistance to Ukraine is "for the defense and not for offensive operations" into Russian territory. A Ukrainian operation to strike systems in Russia that are directly supporting Russia's offensive ground operations in northern Kharkiv region would be an inherently defensive effort and to characterize such an effort as "offensive" would be inaccurate. 

ISW recently assessed that US limitations on Ukraine's ability to strike military targets in Russia have created a sanctuary in Russia's border areas from which Russian aircraft can conduct glide bomb and missile strikes against Ukrainian positions and settlements and where Russian forces and equipment can freely assemble before entering combat.

This US policy is severely compromising Ukraine's ability to defend itself against Russian offensive operations in northern Kharkiv region.

The Odessa Journal

The Odessa Journal

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