Given Tanks Requesting Missiles, Ukraine Wants to 'bomb' Russian Warehouses

Saturday 28 January 2023


Pictured: Rescuers use special equipment to rescue people from damaged apartments after a missile strike on January 14, 2023 in Dnipro, Ukraine. (Global Images Ukraine via Getty Images)

Jakarta, DailyFastNews.Com Indonesia - Ukraine and its allies are discussing providing long-range missiles to be used by Russia to prevent the bombing of Ukrainian cities. The talks between Ukraine and its allies were disclosed by President Volodymyr Zelensky's advisor Mykhailo Podolyak to Ukrainian television.

Reuters reports these discussions add to a long list of military weapons that could potentially strengthen Ukraine against Russian troops. Previously, western countries had promised to provide tanks. Ukraine has also submitted a request for fighter jets.

To reduce Russia's key weapon, namely artillery, we need missiles that can destroy their arsenal," Podolyak told Ukraine's Freedom television network, quoted by Reuters on Sunday (29/1/2023).

He said that there are about 100 Russian artillery warehouses on the Crimean Peninsula which are now controlled by Russia. "Therefore, negotiations [on long-range missiles] are ongoing. These negotiations are now being accelerated," said Podolyak. Speaking separately, Zelenskiy said that Ukraine wanted to prevent further Russian attacks on urban areas affecting civilian populations. "Ukraine needs long-range missiles to prevent invaders from using their missiles to destroy Ukrainian cities from afar," he said.

Zelenskiy said that Ukraine needs an ATACMS missile made in the United States which has a range of 297 kilometers. The US has so far refused to grant access to these weapons. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian air force denied reports stating that it would get 24 fighter jets from allied nations. El Pais, the Spanish media, previously quoted the spokesman for the Ukrainian air force Yuri Ihnat about the request for two F-16 squadrons made by Lockheed Martin. To Babel, Ihnat said his comments were misinterpreted. "Ukraine is only at the negotiation stage. The fighter jet models and numbers are still being discussed," said Ihnat. Ihnat stated that the F16 was the best choice as a replacement for the defense equipment left by the Soviet Union which is now being used by Ukrainian troops.

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