US media: Biden allowing Ukraine to attack some areas in Russia with US weapons

Major US media outlets say President Joe Biden has given Ukraine permission to use US-supplied weapons to strike some limited areas inside Russia. This is an apparent shift in US policy. The Biden administration had only allowed Kyiv to use US-supplied weapons to fight against Russia inside Ukraine.

Political news website Politico and other outlets quoted US government sources in news reports that they issued on Thursday.

They quoted one of the officials as saying that the president recently directed his team to ensure that Ukraine can use US weapons for counter-fire purposes in Kharkiv, so Ukraine can hit back at Russian forces hitting them or preparing to hit them.

The reports indicate that Biden's decision applies only to targets over the border close to the eastern Ukrainian region of Kharkiv. They suggested that Ukraine can now use US-provided arms, such as rockets and rocket launchers, to target Russian missiles heading toward Kharkiv, Russian troops amassing on the border close to Kharkiv or Russian bombers launching bombs toward Ukrainian territory.

The US administration is reportedly not allowing Ukraine to use long-range missiles to attack deep inside Russia.

The shift in policy was apparently made in response to the recent intensification of Russia's offensive. Earlier this month, Russia's troops crossed the border near Kharkiv and took control of dozens of settlements near the border.