Russia warns of US long-range missiles on Ukrainian border ‘intolerable’

Responding to news that the US is planning to send long-range missile systems to Ukraine, a senior Russian diplomat on Saturday called for an “end to the senseless and extremely risky arms pumping into the country.”

On Friday, news outlets reported that the Biden administration is expected to send multiple missile launch systems (MLRS) to the eastern European nation. Ukrainian officials have requested the weapons to attack Russians from a longer range and to threaten Russian logistics centers and routes to slow their offensive in the Donbass region.

In a post on Telegram on Saturday, Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, said the Biden government “could give Kyiv HIMARS MLRS and M270 MLRS, which will be equipped with M31 GMLRS guided missiles.”

“There is a risk that such equipment will be placed near Russian borders and Ukrainians will be able to attack Russian cities. Such a situation is unacceptable and intolerable for us,” he said Ukrainska Pravda.

Russia warns US against supplying missiles to Ukraine
A senior Russian diplomat on Saturday called for an “end to the pointless and extremely risky arms pumping into Ukraine” on Saturday amid reports that the US will send the country a missile system. Above, a boy stands in front of a damaged building after a strike in Kramatorsk in eastern Ukraine’s Donbass region on May 25.
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Oleksandr Merezhko, chairman of the foreign affairs committee of the Ukrainian parliament, said in an interview this week news week that Russiais now using artillery extensively and ruthlessly.”

“To counteract this, to save the lives of our soldiers and civilians, we need MLRS,” he added.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that the Biden administration is expected to announce its decision to send the guns to Ukraine next week. Asked if a decision on the missile systems had been made, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said Friday that officials are “still working out what the next drawdown package will look like.”

The US Department of Defense referred to a request for comment on Saturday news week to comments from Kirby at Friday’s press conference.

When asked by a reporter about the MLRS weapons, Kirby said, “Certainly we are aware and aware of Ukrainian demands privately and publicly calling for a so-called multiple missile system.”

“I will not prejudge decisions. I have never done this since we started creating these drawdown authority packs but I can assure you that we are in constant communication with them and are still committed to helping them succeed on the battlefield and specifically to be successful in the struggle they are in,” he added.

Antonov said on Saturday that Russia hopes “that common sense will prevail and that Washington will not take such a provocative step.”

“We demand an end to the senseless and extremely risky pumping of weapons into the country. It is important to refrain from threats against us and claims of a military victory for Ukraine,” the ambassador said Ukrainksa Pravda.

Meanwhile, a Kremlin propaganda TV station host recently warned that the US would face a “harsh response” if it supplied Ukraine with the long-range missile systems. Russia warns of US long-range missiles on Ukrainian border ‘intolerable’

Rick Schindler

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