President Putin warns of consequences if long-range missiles are shipped to Ukraine
President Putin said that Russia will hit targets that have not been targeted so far if long-range missiles are shipped to Ukraine.
“If they are provided, we will draw appropriate conclusions and use the means of destruction we have in large numbers to attack these targets that we have not yet targeted.“, the Russian leader said in an interview with Russia 1 on June 5.
President Putin assessed that arms shipments to Ukraine have only one goal behind – that is to prolong the conflict as long as possible.
The Russian leader also affirmed that the US delivery of mass-launched missile systems to Ukraine could not bring about a new transformation for Kiev’s forces. He said that these systems were shipped to Ukraine to replace military equipment that was destroyed.
“We are sure that this shipment from the US and some other countries is done to compensate for the loss of military equipment, but in essence, that does not change anything.“.
The Russian president said that from the beginning of the military operation, the Ukrainian army had 515 mass missile launchers, but 380 of them were destroyed, although some of them were restored or retrieved later. from stock and currently Kiev has 360 such systems.
President Putin also said that Ukraine’s reconnaissance planes since the beginning of the war have been made by foreign countries.
On June 1, US President Joe Biden announced a new military support package for Ukraine, including the High Mobility Artillery Missile System (HIMARS). US Secretary of State Antony Blinken confirmed that Kiev had assured Washington that these systems would not be used to attack targets on Russian territory. However, the Kremlin spokesman said Russia did not trust Ukraine’s commitments that it would not use these long-range weapons against Russia.
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