According to official data, Ukraine has developed weapons technology capable of attacking targets up to 400 miles away.
President Volodymr Zelenskyy announced the breakthrough on Thursday, just a day after a barrage of attacks deep into Russian territory.
Zelenskyy said through his official Telegram channel that the new long-range weapons were developed by the country’s Ministry of Strategic Industry.
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Ukraine hit several regions in Russia on Wednesday, including an airport near the borders with Estonia and Latvia that damaged military transport planes, and attacks on the central Pskov region and the city of Kaluga that destroyed a fuel storage facility and a microelectronics factory, it said reported to the BBC.
Pskov is about 400 miles from Ukraine, giving Zelenskyy’s announcement of long-range capabilities credibility.
However, Ukrainian officials have not claimed responsibility for the attacks and have not directly commented on possible involvement.
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Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine’s digital transformation minister, recently told AP that he had “seen news of long-range drones hitting various targets both in occupied Crimea and on Russian territory” and that his country had been producing drones capable of such be capable of attacks.
The long-distance war has given impetus to a faltering Ukrainian military strategy.
Kyiv launched a counteroffensive in June – a little over 15 months since the invasion began – but made little immediate progress. Reports from both sides indicate that Ukraine has begun to gain some momentum, attacking valuable Russian military assets and beginning to attack targets inside Russia itself.
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Ukrainian leaders have resisted criticism from allies over slow progress in the country’s efforts to retake occupied territories.
“Criticizing the slow pace [the] Counteroffensive same […] spit in the face [the] “Ukrainian soldier who sacrifices his life every day, advances and liberates one kilometer of Ukrainian soil at a time,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitro Kuleba said on Thursday.
“I would recommend all critics to shut up, come to Ukraine and try to free up a square centimeter yourself,” Zelenskyy said at a meeting of European Union foreign ministers.
Fox News Digital’s Peter Aiken contributed to this report.