The US has covertly supplied Ukraine with long-range ATACMS missiles in recent days, enhancing Ukraine's military capabilities significantly 

This new weaponry allows Ukraine to target Russian locations that were previously beyond its reach, marking a crucial development in the conflict 

The confirmation of this transfer came after images of the missiles' submunitions were shared on social media 

Ukrainian forces have reportedly used ATACMS missiles to target Russian airfields in Berdyansk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky expressed gratitude for the US's support and confirmed the use of ATACMS in his daily address 

The US National Security Council spokesperson, Adrienne Watson, confirmed the supply of ATACMS and emphasized it as part of ongoing support to Ukraine 

The provided missiles contain cluster munitions, not unitary warheads, and are not from Pentagon stockpiles meant for direct US military engagement, alleviating concerns about hindering US readiness 

The US transferred these missiles quietly to take the Russians by surprise, following months of public deliberation on the decision 

This isn't the first time the US has sent weapons to Ukraine discreetly. In 2022, HARM anti-radiation missiles were sent without public announcement 

US officials were initially hesitant to provide long-range missiles due to concerns about escalating the conflict 

However, this changed as Ukraine demonstrated responsible use of US-provided weaponry