A fierce debate is raging within the Biden administration over whether to allow Ukraine to use US-supplied weapons to strike targets inside Russia.

This policy shift, long resisted by the President for fear of escalation, is gaining traction as Russia presses its offensive.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken, following a recent sobering visit to Kyiv, is spearheading the push to loosen restrictions.

He argues that Russia’s recent territorial gains stem directly from their ability to launch attacks from just across the border in Ukraine, putting Kyiv at a significant disadvantage.

“These targets – missile and artillery launch sites – have enabled Moscow’s advances,” Blinken reportedly argued, according to The New York Times. “We’re simply giving them the means to defend themselves more effectively.”

Ukraine Feels Hamstrung by Restrictions

This sentiment is echoed by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“This inability to fire American missiles at military targets in Russia gives Moscow a huge advantage,” he told the Times.

Ukrainian forces are currently limited to using US-made weapons on targets within Ukraine, hindering their ability to strike back at the source of the attacks.