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Ernst says it’s time to be ‘more aggressive’ and send longer range weapons to Ukraine

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August 10th, 2022 by Chris Parks

Iowa Senator Joni Ernst says it’s time for the U.S. to provide more long range weapons to Ukraine.

In June, the U.S. shipped artillery rockets to Ukraine. Ernst supports sending more advanced guided missiles that can go longer distances.

President Biden released a billion dollars worth of military hardware to Ukraine this week. Ernst says without longer-range missiles, the war will drag on for years — and much of Ukraine will be destroyed.

Ukraine has been pushing for a shipment of U.S. missiles that can fly as high as 160-thousand feet and hit targets up to 190 miles away. President Biden has said the U.S. does not intend to provide Ukraine with weapons that could reach into Russian territory. Ernst says that’s risk averse and it’s time to take a more aggressive stance against Russia.

Russian forces occupy about 20 percent of Ukraine territory today, according to Ernst, and she says they’ll continue inching forward without a change in tactics. Ernst, a Republican who was in the Iowa National Guard, does not support sending U.S. troops into Ukraine, but has voted to provide the money so the U.S. remains the main supplier of weapons for Ukraine’s military.