This came after Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the West not to send longer-range missile systems to Ukraine.
The British government said on Monday that the multiple-launch missile systems it is offering to Ukraine will bring “a significant performance boost” to the country’s efforts to resist the Russian invasion.
“If the international community continues to support it, I believe Ukraine can win its war against Russia,” British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said in a statement.
The statement came after comments by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday warning the West against sending longer-range missile systems to Ukraine.
The UK government described the M270 weapon system as a “state of the art” military asset, capable of hitting targets up to 50 miles away “with pinpoint accuracy”. The UK pledged to send the arms last week. There was no information on delivery dates.
The US last week announced plans to provide $700 million in security assistance to Ukraine, including four medium-range precision-guided missile systems, as well as helicopters, Javelin anti-tank systems, radars, tactical vehicles and more.
Washington and London hope the supplies will help Ukraine turn the tide of the war in its eastern Donbass region, which Russia appears set to conquer entirely.
However, they should not have any direct effects. The Pentagon said last week it would take at least three weeks for US weapons to get to the battlefield. Separatists backed by Russia have been fighting the Ukrainian government in Donbass since 2014.
The US has stopped offering Ukraine longer-range weapons that could fire deep into Russia and ignite tensions with Moscow.
Russia’s own missile deployment in Ukraine, meanwhile, continued to smash targets, with the Russian military claiming on Monday it hit a Ukrainian factory repairing armor.
Russian warplanes fired long-range missiles to destroy a factory on the outskirts of the town of Lozova in the northeastern Kharkiv region, where armored vehicles were being repaired, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said.
Russian planes hit 73 concentration areas of Ukrainian troops and equipment, while Russian artillery hit 431 military targets, Konashenkov said. His claims could not be independently verified.
Putin promised to penetrate deeper into the heart of Ukraine if the West sends long-range missile systems to Kyiv. In a show of force, Russian rockets hit the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv on Sunday.
Ukraine’s General Staff said Russian forces fired five X-22 cruise missiles at Kyiv from the Caspian Sea and one was destroyed by air defenses. Four more rockets hit “infrastructure facilities” but Ukraine said there were no casualties.
Prior to Sunday’s early-morning attack, Kyiv had not been subjected to such Russian airstrikes since UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ April 28 visit.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited command posts and frontline positions of Ukrainian troops in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which make up the Donbass, on Sunday.
Ukraine’s battle on the 103rd day of war was a matter of the heart for D-Day veterans who gathered in northern France on Monday.
American D-Day veteran Charles Shay, 97, was at Omaha Beach in Normandy this morning to celebrate the 78th anniversary of the June 6, 1944 landings and pay tribute to those who fell on that day.
When asked about his feelings regarding the war being waged on the European continent, Shay told The Associated Press it was “a very sad situation.”
“In 1944 I landed on these beaches and we thought we were bringing peace to the world. But that’s not possible,” he added regretfully.
A Ukrainian regional governor said on Monday that the situation in a key city in the east had deteriorated due to defending troops.
Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai said Monday fierce fighting continued in the city of Sieverodonetsk, which lies at the epicenter of the Russian offensive.
He described the combat situation as “quite dynamic”, adding that the Ukrainian armed forces lost part of the gains they made over the weekend but are holding their positions in the city’s industrial zone.
The Russians have continued intense bombing of Sievierodonetsk and nearby Lysychansk, Haidai said.
Russian forces focused on capturing Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk.
West of these cities, in the cities of Sloviansk and Bakhmut, cars and military vehicles rushed into the city from the direction of the front line. Dozens of military doctors and medics were on duty Sunday to evacuate civilians and Ukrainian soldiers, many injured by artillery fire.
Western military intelligence reports say that the Ukrainian counterattacks in Sieverodonetsk are likely to halt the operational dynamism of Russian forces, which they had previously gained by concentrating their combat units and firepower in the region.
On Monday, Serbia confirmed that a planned visit by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to the Balkan country will not take place after reports of Bulgaria, North Macedonia and Montenegro refusing to allow his plane to fly over its airspace to reach Serbia.
Additional coverage from the Associated Press.
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