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Ukraine begins receiving Western anti-ship missiles


2022-05-29 15:20:11

According to Xinhua News Agency, Ukraine's Defense Minister Alexei Reznikov said on the 28th that Ukraine has begun to receive anti-ship missiles from Denmark and self-propelled howitzers from the United States.

Reznikov wrote on social media that the "Harpoon" missile from Denmark will strengthen Ukraine's coastal defense, and the missile will be used by trained Ukrainian soldiers.

The "Harpoon" missile is manufactured by the American Boeing Company and has a range of nearly 300 kilometers.In the middle of this month, U.S. media quoted U.S. government and congressional sources as saying that the White House was considering providing Ukraine with anti-ship missiles, either directly from the United States or "transferred" by European allies equipped with the missiles.


Reznikov disclosed on the 28th that Ukraine's receipt of the Harpoon missile was the result of "multinational cooperation", such as the UK's participation in the delivery.

At the same time, he disclosed that the Ukrainian side has begun to receive multiple types of heavy artillery, including the U.S.-made improved M109 self-propelled howitzer with a longer range to enhance the Ukrainian side’s long-range strike firepower.Ukraine also hopes to obtain the US-made M270 long-range multiple rocket launcher system.

Reuters reported on the 28th that a U.S. Defense Department official disclosed last month that the U.S. military had trained Ukrainian soldiers outside Ukraine to use howitzers.CNN reported on the 27th, citing sources, that the United States is ready to send long-range rocket launchers to Ukraine.

The Russian side has repeatedly accused the United States and its Western allies of sending a large number of weapons to Ukraine, with increasingly advanced and far-reaching weapons, and using Ukraine to launch a "proxy war" against Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on the 28th, citing the dangerous nature of the influx of Western weapons into Ukraine.

According to the Kremlin briefing, Putin warned during the call that the continuous flow of Western weapons to Ukraine risks exacerbating the situation and the humanitarian crisis.

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