Putin vows to hit harder if longer-range missiles are supplied to Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged on Sunday June 5 to strike harder if longer-range missiles were provided to Ukraine.

Accusing the West of “prolonging the conflict”, Putin boasted that Russian anti-aircraft forces shot down dozens of Ukrainian weapons and “crack them like nuts”.

Putin reportedly said in an excerpt from an interview with the state-run Rossiya-1 TV channel that if the United States starts supplying Ukraine with longer-range missiles, “we will hit the targets that we don’t have still affected”.

“We understand that this supply (of advanced rocket systems) from the United States and some other countries is intended to compensate for the losses of this military equipment,” Putin said.

“It’s not new. It doesn’t change anything fundamentally,” he added.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said: “Long-range high-precision missiles fired by the Russian Aerospace Forces on the outskirts of Kyiv destroyed T-72 tanks supplied by countries of Eastern Europe and other armored vehicles that were in hangars.”

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To hit troops and weapon stocks in the rear of Russian forces, Ukraine has been researching Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS) such as the M270 and M142 HIMARS, which is a mobile unit capable of simultaneously launching several precision-guided missiles up to 80 kilometers. (50 miles) away.

After receiving assurances from Kyiv that he would not use them to hit targets inside Russia, US President Joe Biden this week announced plans to equip Ukraine with precision HIMARS rocket systems.

(With agency contributions)

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