According to him, Moscow fears that these weapons will be used to shell civilian targets. The Permanent Representative to the OSCE also assured that Russia will closely monitor the HIMARS MLRS that the United States will send to Estonia
All foreign weapons imported to Ukraine will be destroyed so that they are not used for shelling residential areas, the permanent representative said Russia at the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich, RIA Novosti reports. He added that all the instructions necessary for this were given at the level of the Ministry of Defense.
“Notable” leaks ” in the media about the decision to send American MLRS HIMARS and long-range shells for them to Estonia for a total of $ 500 million. We understand where they will end up, — their movements will be closely monitored,»— noted the diplomat.
Since the beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, Western countries have been supplying Kyiv with weapons and other military assistance. The Russian authorities criticize such actions. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that NATO “essentially goes to war with Russia through a proxy and arms this proxy.” At the same time, the Kremlin emphasizes that the goals of the special operation will be fulfilled, despite the “pumping” Ukraine with Western weapons.
In March, Lavrov warned that any shipments in Ukraine deemed by Russia to be foreign arms shipments would be targeted by Russian forces. “We are conducting an operation, the purpose of which — eliminate any threat against Russia that comes from the Ukrainian territory, — he explained. Later, the minister noted that with an increase in the range of weapons supplied by Western countries to Kyiv, Russia would “push back” threat lines from their borders.
In early June, the United States announced that it would provide Ukraine with HIMARS MLRS. The Ukrainian authorities have repeatedly repeated that they have pledged not to use precision-guided weapons transferred by the West, including these MLRS, to strike targets in Russia. In Kyiv, however, they made an exception for the Crimea and the Crimean bridge. Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev stated that if HIMARS were used against Russian territories, the Russian Armed Forces would “act to defeat the decision-making centers”, which, according to him, “are not even on the territory of Kyiv.”
In early June, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that the Ukrainian military was planning to strike with long-range missiles on the Russian border area. At the end of the month, the department claimed that Kyiv was preparing a missile attack from residential areas of Krivoy Rog on a district hospital in the Kherson region.
The LPR authorities announced the shelling of the Armed Forces of Ukraine using HIMARS. The authorities of the Kherson region, which has been under the complete control of Russian troops since mid-March, accused the Ukrainian army of trying to strike the Antonovsky bridge across the Dnieper with HIMARS.
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