U.S. plans to aid Ukraine with two anti-ship missiles to break through Russia’s maritime blockade


2022-05-20: [Article Link According to Reuters reports of 19 May, the United States White House is working to hand over advanced anti-ship missiles to Ukrainian fighters to help them break the Russian maritime blockade. The list of beneficiaries in Kiev would have preferred to have a missile that would have kept the Russian navy away from its Black Sea port in order to restart the transport of food and other agricultural products. "Pocket" anti-ship missile Despite the difficulty of providing Ukraine with weapons of great range and power — long training cycles, difficult equipment maintenance and fear of capture by the Russian army — United States officials and congressional sources have claimed that there are two anti-ship missiles — the “shopper” anti-ship missile and the “Navy Strike Missile” (NSM) — that the White House is actively considering either direct shipments or the transfer of European allies to Ukraine. The British Ministry of Defence has stated that some 20 Russian naval vessels, including submarines, are present in the Black Sea operational waters, and a naval expert at the Hudson Institute has claimed that 12 to 24 missiles with a range of more than 100 km, such as a “fish fork”, are sufficient to threaten Russian ships and induce Moscow to lift the blockade “if Putin does not act, Ukraine will be able to sink the largest Russian ships because they have nowhere to hide”. Naval Strike Missiles (NSM) The naval strike missile can be launched from the Ukrainian coast with a range of more than 250 km, and its logistics are less difficult to maintain than the “fork” missile. Currently, the United States is trying to find a way for Ukraine to get an NSM from its European allies, including a donation from Norway. However, the United States also pointed out that the supply of advanced anti-ship missiles to Ukraine, if sank Russian naval vessels in a real war, could exacerbate the conflict and lead to reprisals by the Russian army.


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U.S. plans to aid Ukraine with two anti-ship missiles to break through Russia’s maritime blockade


2022-05-20: [Article Link According to Reuters reports of 19 May, the United States White House is working to hand over advanced anti-ship missiles to Ukrainian fighters to help them break the Russian maritime blockade. The list of beneficiaries in Kiev would have preferred to have a missile that would have kept the Russian navy away from its Black Sea port in order to restart the transport of food and other agricultural products. "Pocket" anti-ship missile Despite the difficulty of providing Ukraine with weapons of great range and power — long training cycles, difficult equipment maintenance and fear of capture by the Russian army — United States officials and congressional sources have claimed that there are two anti-ship missiles — the “shopper” anti-ship missile and the “Navy Strike Missile” (NSM) — that the White House is actively considering either direct shipments or the transfer of European allies to Ukraine. The British Ministry of Defence has stated that some 20 Russian naval vessels, including submarines, are present in the Black Sea operational waters, and a naval expert at the Hudson Institute has claimed that 12 to 24 missiles with a range of more than 100 km, such as a “fish fork”, are sufficient to threaten Russian ships and induce Moscow to lift the blockade “if Putin does not act, Ukraine will be able to sink the largest Russian ships because they have nowhere to hide”. Naval Strike Missiles (NSM) The naval strike missile can be launched from the Ukrainian coast with a range of more than 250 km, and its logistics are less difficult to maintain than the “fork” missile. Currently, the United States is trying to find a way for Ukraine to get an NSM from its European allies, including a donation from Norway. However, the United States also pointed out that the supply of advanced anti-ship missiles to Ukraine, if sank Russian naval vessels in a real war, could exacerbate the conflict and lead to reprisals by the Russian army.

Note: This is a translated version of the Chinese news media article. A mature and nuanced reading is suggested.

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