Britain will supply Ukraine with rocket launchers with a range of 80 kilometers to counter the Russian offensive, the Defense Ministry has announced, following the lead of the United States.
These M270 MLRS systems “will significantly increase the capabilities of the Ukrainian forces,” the ministry said in a statement.
The decision was made in “close coordination” with Washington, which last week announced the supply of Himars equipment with a range of 80 kilometers, that is, multiple rocket launchers mounted on light armored vehicles.
The Ukrainians had been asking for rocket launchers for some time to be able to attack Russian positions while disposing their batteries further from the front.
However, US President Joe Biden has ruled out providing Ukraine with long-range rocket launch systems that can reach Russia, despite repeated requests from kyiv for such weapons, to prevent the US from being seen as a co-belligerent. .
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Sunday that Moscow would attack new targets if the West supplied long-range missiles, saying the current arms deliveries are aimed at “prolonging the conflict.”
“If the international community maintains its support, Ukraine can win,” defended British Defense Minister Ben Wallace.
“Russia’s strategy is changing, and our support must change too,” he added, stressing that the new weapons will allow Ukrainians “to better protect themselves against the brutal use of long-range artillery, which Putin’s forces have used indiscriminately to raze cities.”
The United Kingdom’s military support for Ukraine has so far amounted to more than 750 million pounds (937 million dollars, 874 million euros).
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