Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Sunday that Moscow will strike new targets if the West provides long-range missiles to Ukraine and mentioned new arms deliveries to Kyiv have been aimed toward “prolonging the battle”.
If Kyiv is equipped with long-range missiles, “we are going to draw the suitable conclusions and use our arms…. to strike targets we have not hit earlier than,” Putin was quoted by Russian information companies as saying.
In extracts of an interview to be broadcast late Sunday on Rossiya-1 tv, Putin didn’t specify precisely which targets might be hit nor the precise vary of the missiles to which Moscow would react.
However his feedback got here simply days after the USA introduced it might provide Ukraine with Himars a number of launch rocket programs.
Himars is a cell unit that may concurrently launch a number of precision-guided missiles as much as 80 kilometres (50 miles) away.
Navy specialists say that the vary of the Himars programs is barely longer than that of comparable Russian programs, which means Kyiv’s forces might strike enemy artillery whereas conserving out of Moscow’s attain.
US President Joe Biden has however dominated out supplying Ukraine with programs that would attain so far as Russia, regardless of Kyiv’s repeated calls for for such weapons.
Putin mentioned that there was “nothing new” within the weapons equipped by Washington to Kyiv, and that Ukrainian forces had at their disposal weapons “much like Soviet- or Russian-made programs”.
The vary of the missiles didn’t “rely on the system itself, however on the missiles used,” the Russian chief continued.
“From what we all know and perceive at the moment, they’re programs utilizing missiles with vary of 45-70 kilometres”.
Putin mentioned that the only goal of the West supplying arms to Ukraine was “to delay the battle for so long as attainable”.
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