Ukraine claims that extending the use of Western weapons will weaken Russia at border

KYIV – The chief of staff for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Tuesday, using Western weapons inside Russia is a crucial decision that will impact Moscow’s tactic aviation and its ability to operate in border regions.

After pressure from Ukraine, and some of their European allies the U.S. agreed to change its policies last week and allow Kyiv’s campaign to repel Russia’s full-scale invader to include strikes inside Russia using Western weapons.

Kyiv stated that the move would help to push back Russian advancements and better defend territory within the northeast Kharkiv Region.

Andriy Yermak, a Telegram user, said: “It is vital to have permission from the Russian Federation before using Western weapons.”

This will affect the conduct of war, the planning of counteroffensive action, and the Russians’ ability to use their troops in the border area.

Yermak added that the decision would help better defend against Russian aerial attacks.

Ukraine has often used weapons made in the West to target occupied Crimea (which Russia annexed 2014).

Outgunned on the battlefield and outmanned by the Russians, Kyiv pleaded to Washington for permission to use U.S. made weapons to attack targets on Russian territory, while Moscow opened a new front on the Kharkiv region in the northeast.

Kharkiv is the second-largest city in Ukraine with 1.3 million residents. It’s only 30 km away from the Russian border.

Officials from the U.S. Administration say that the decision is specifically tailored to the fight in Kharkiv. They claim it allows Kyiv the use of U.S. weapons to fire against Russian forces that are “attacking or preparing to assault” them from across border.

Ukraine also tries to develop its weapons, focusing primarily on drones, to strike targets in Russia. Ukrainian drones have targeted Russian oil installations and military targets located hundreds of kilometers from the border.

One of the most serious drone attacks was an attack on the long-range radar in Orsk. Orsk is located 1,800 km away from the Ukrainian border.

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