A warning but above all a threat. While the United States must soon provide rocket launchers to Kyiv, President Vladimir Putin has warned that the delivery of long-range missiles that could threaten Russia would trigger a series of strikes on new targets.
“If long-range missiles are supplied to Ukraine, we will draw the appropriate conclusions and we will use our weapons, which we have in sufficient quantity, to hit targets that we have not hit so far,” he said. said the head of the Kremlin to a journalist from Rossiya-1, in an interview broadcast Sunday evening on the Russian channel.
For the Russian head of state, by supplying arms and ammunition to Ukraine, the Westerners aim to “prolong the conflict as long as possible”.
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Hindering the supply of Western Weapons
What could these new targets be? For Pierre Lorrain, interviewed on Monday by CNEWS, “it is in all likelihood communication nodes, sites through which ammunition and weapons supplied by Westerners arrive. It is a question of obstructing as much as possible the supply of Western weapons to the Ukrainian army”.
Vladimir Putin‘s threats follow the announcement by the United States that it will soon send Himars multiple rocket launchers, with a range of around 80 km. The same as Britain’s M270 MLRS rocket launchers, which will be delivered by Britain, London said on Monday.
Military experts point out that this range is slightly greater than that of similar Russian systems, which would allow Kyiv forces to strike enemy artillery from out of reach.
Despite repeated requests from Kyiv, US President Joe Biden said on Monday that he was ruled out delivering long-range rocket launcher systems to Ukraine that could reach Russia.