The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden is close to approving the shipment of longer-range missiles packed with cluster bombs to Ukraine, giving Kyiv the ability to cause significant damage deeper within Russian-occupied territory, according to four U.S. officials.

After seeing the success of cluster munitions delivered in 155 mm artillery rounds in recent months, the U.S. is considering shipping either or both Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS) that can fly up to 305 km (190 miles), or Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) missiles with a 72-km range packed with cluster bombs, three U.S. officials said.

If approved, either option would be available for rapid shipment to Kyiv.