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Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul has released a statement following reports the Biden administration failed to include Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS) in the latest arms package for Ukraine and the Scholz government is continuing to refuse to approve the transfer of Leopard 2 tanks. ATACMS are longer-range missiles the Ukrainians have been requesting for months in order to help liberate their sovereign territory and target command and control sites for Iranian drones being used by the Russian military to target critical civilian and energy infrastructure. 

“I am extremely disappointed that the Biden and Scholz governments continue to deny Ukraine longer-range ATACMS and western Leopard 2 tanks. Every time the administration has delayed sending Ukraine a critical weapon system, from Stingers to HIMARS to Bradleys, over fears of Russian escalation, they have been proven completely and utterly wrong. Instead, these cowardly decisions based on misguided fears of escalation are prolonging this war, emboldening Russia, and condemning thousands of Ukrainians to horrific war crimes, other atrocities and even death.”