Western weapons strikes on Russia to impact frontline situation – Ukrainian military commander

HIMARS MLRS opens fire
HIMARS MLRS opens fire

The decision to allow Ukraine to strike Russian territory with U.S. weapons creates more opportunities for the Ukrainian Armed Forces to destroy Russian logistics, said Oles Malyarevych, deputy commander of the Air Assault Battalion, in an interview with Espreso TV channel on July 2.

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Ukrainian military can now hit military targets in Russia with HIMARS MLRS.

“We need to suppress their supply, their S-300, S-400 launchers, all supply chains, because they are moving to the border without any resistance, crossing the border, a few kilometers and are already on the front line,” said Malyarevych.

He noted that previously Ukrainian Armed Forces were unable to strike these enemy targets.

“On Donbas front, we understood that there were first, second and third lines of logistics support, and these types of weapons that can reach them were working on them, but here there was no such thing - only the first line, (because second and third are on the Russian territory) now the second and third lines will be targeted as well,” added commander.

Use of Western weapons on Russian territory

The U.S. does not "encourage" Ukraine to use American weapons to strike Russian territory, White House spokesperson John Kirby said on May 17.

Foreign weapons should be used "to reclaim Ukrainian sovereign territory" and this should occur "specifically on Ukrainian territory," the Pentagon emphasized.

Ukraine likely received U.S. approval to use American weapons for strikes on Russian territory, Le Monde, analyzing statements by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken during his visit to Kyiv, reported.

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UK Foreign Secretary David Cameron pledged $3.74 billion in annual military aid to Ukraine on May 3. London does not object to the use of its weapons for strikes on Russia, he added.

Le Monde views Cameron and Blinken's statements as "a sign of a deliberate shift in the West's position" on this issue.

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Charles Brown provided evasive answers on May 20, when asked whether Ukraine could use American weapons to strike the aggressor country amid the Russian offensive in the Kharkiv Oblast.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told The New York Times on May 21, that he had asked the U.S. to allow Ukraine to use American missiles and other weapons on military targets inside Russia.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stated his opposition, on May 26, to Ukraine using Western weapons to strike Russian territory.

Swedish Defense Minister Paul Jonsson declared that Ukraine could use Swedish weapons for attacks on Russian territory.

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The AFP news agency, citing unnamed sources, reported that Ukraine had already used Western weapons to strike Russian territory several times, most recently in Krasnodar.

The New York Times on May 31 reported, citing unnamed White House officials, that US President Joe Biden, under pressure from his advisers and key allies, had authorized Ukraine to conduct limited strikes on Russian territory with US-made weapons.

On the same day, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken confirmed that the White House had authorized Ukraine to strike Russian territory with US weapons.

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