Speaker Johnson supports allowing Ukraine to use US weapons on Russian territory

Mike Johnson
Mike Johnson

The United States should not meddle in how Ukraine chooses to prosecute the war using U.S.-supplied arms, House Speaker Mike Johnson said on May 22.

Responding to a question from Voice of America correspondent Kateryna Lisunova, Johnson was commenting on the current White House policy restricting the use of U.S. weapons exclusively to Ukraine’s sovereign territory.

“I think we should allow Ukraine to prosecute the war as it sees fit,” Johnson said.

“They need to be able to fight back.”

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On May 17, White House National Security spokesman John Kirby reiterated that the United States "does not encourage or enable" Ukraine to use U.S. weapons for attacks on Russian territory. The Pentagon added that foreign weapons "should be used to reclaim Ukrainian sovereign territory" and that this should occur "exclusively on Ukrainian territory."

After Russia opened another front in northern Kharkiv Oblast on May 10, it became harder for Ukraine to defend itself: Russian artillery, missiles, and warplanes attack Kharkiv from just across the border.

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