Russian President, Russian President Vladimir Putinwarned that Russia would attack new targets if Western countries handed long-range missiles to Ukraine, and saw the current arms shipments as seeking to “prolong the conflict.”
If Ukraine receives long-range missiles, We will draw the appropriate conclusions and use our weapons (…) to attack targets we have not hit yet“Putin announced, according to excerpts from an interview, which will be broadcast on Sunday on Rossiya 1 channel,” the French news agency reported.
The Russian president did not specify the scope of the reaction his government would take or the goals that could be.
These statements come after the United States announced its decision to deliver HIMARS (High Mobility Missile System) multiple rocket launchers with a range of about 80 kilometers to Ukraine.
Military experts assure that this range is slightly higher than that of similar Russian systems, which will allow Ukraine to attack enemy artillery without attacking it.
On the other hand, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said so Russia destroyed armored vehicles delivered by Eastern European countries to Ukraine By air strikes in Kyiv, the first in the capital in weeks.
“High-precision, long-range missiles fired by the Russian Air Force over the suburb of Kyiv destroyed T-72 tanks transported by Eastern European countries and other armored vehicles that were in aircraft hangars,” Konashenkov said.
The mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, had earlier reported bombings in the early hours of Sunday against the Darnitsky and Dniprovsky districts, southeast of the Ukrainian capital.
According to the Ukrainian Air Force, several cruise missiles were launched towards Kyiv by a Russian TU-95 aircraft stationed in the Caspian Sea, and one of them was destroyed.
Relative calm has returned in recent weeks to the city of Kyiv, as the Russians relinquish control of the capital and focus on eastern Ukraine, where Ukrainian forces have regained some ground, according to Kyiv spokesmen.