War rules rewritten: U.S. greenlights Ukrainian strikes into Russia

The unprecedented move amounts to a calculated escalation of the proxy war between the U.S. and Russia playing out on Ukrainian soil. It grants Kyiv a green light to take the fight directly to Russian territory if Ukraine deems it a military necessity.

The United States has lifted restrictions on Ukraine using American weapons to strike military targets inside Russia, senior U.S. officials confirmed.

The unprecedented move amounts to a calculated escalation of the proxy war between the U.S. and Russia playing out on Ukrainian soil. It grants Kyiv a green light to take the fight directly to Russian territory if Ukraine deems it a military necessity.

Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan bluntly acknowledged the policy reversal, portraying it as a common sense decision by President Biden in response to Russia’s sustained bombardment of Ukraine from artillery positions just across the border.

The United States had previously barred Ukraine from using U.S. rocket systems and drones to strike inside Russia’s internationally recognized borders. That long-standing red line has now been erased, signalling a momentous intensification after over 15 months of grinding attritional warfare.

The timing of the revelation could not be more poignant – just days before solemn D-Day commemorations in France marking 80 years since the Allies’ daring amphibious invasion to free Europe from Nazi occupation. Once again, the U.S. is enabling an escalation of hostilities on the European continent, this time under the auspices of aiding Ukraine’s self-defence against Russia’s ambitions.

Analysts argue Ukraine was left with little choice as it could not handle to sit idle and waste its warfare, said Gen. Philip Breedlove, former NATO supreme commander.

Only time will tell whether the high-stakes gambit pays off for Ukraine’s backers in the West. But one thing is clear: After over a year of U.S. support, the battlefield rulebook has been indefinitely torn up.