US Government Says No To Ukraine's Request For Advanced Drones: Report

US Government Says No To Ukraine's Request For Advanced Drones: Report
  • The Biden administration has denied Ukraine advanced drones despite pleas under consideration for months, reflecting the limitations of the weaponry Washington is willing to provide for Ukraine's defense. 
  • The Pentagon said that providing the Gray Eagle MQ-1C drones could intensify the conflict, signaling to Moscow that the U.S. was providing weapons that could target positions inside Russia, Wall Street Journal reported citing U.S. officials and other people familiar with the decision.
  • U.S. officials also worry, though not a central part of the decision, that the technology used in the drones could be scooped up on the battlefield.
  • Members of Congress have pushed the administration to give Ukraine medium-altitude armed drones that can fly for over 24 hours. 
  • The decision came as Russia announced withdrawing its troops from Kherson and surrounding areas in what could be one of its biggest retreats since its February invasion. But Ukrainian officials warned that this move as a bluff.
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