Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday thanked his counterpart Joe Biden for the United States’ “vital” support for his country, welcoming the delivery of ATACMS long-range missiles.

Ukraine on Tuesday said it had successfully used for the first time the missiles with a range of up to 165 kilometres (100 miles), which Washington had delivered in secret.

“Ukraine is grateful for the vital and enduring US support in our fight for freedom and against Russian aggression,” Zelensky posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, after a telephone call with Biden.

“Ukrainians are greatly encouraged by the delivery of ATACMS, and our warriors are putting them to good use on the battlefield.”

Zelensky also informed Biden of the Ukrainian parliament passing an anti-corruption law, which he said “advances reforms on the path to opening Ukraine’s EU accession talks”, a long-held goal for Kyiv. 

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