Russia tells its forces to target Western-provided weapons

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, Russia’s leaders told their troops this week that when they attack Ukraine, they should go after weapons that came from the West.

“Army General Sergei Shoigu saw that the group’s ability to strike was getting better, so he told the commander to destroy enemy long-range missiles and artillery with high-precision weapons as a top priority,” Interfax Ukraine quoted the ministry as saying.

Shoigu gave the new orders to Russia’s Vostok battalion, which is fighting in Ukraine’s Donbas region right now.

The Russian Defense Ministry said that taking out these missile systems from the West would protect Russian troops in eastern Ukraine from being shelled.

The orders come after the Pentagon gave Ukraine $820 million worth of weapons earlier this month.

The U.S. has sent several M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) to Ukraine. The Ukrainian Minister of Defense, Oleksii Reznikov, called them a “game-changer,” and the U.S. plans to send four more.

Reznikov said that Russian forces have taken over eastern Ukraine over the past few months, but that the Ukrainian army has been able to push back thanks to new weapons.

M270 multiple-launch rocket systems have recently been sent to the troubled country by the U.K., Germany, and Norway.

Reznikov, on the other hand, keeps asking countries that are part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to help Ukraine defend itself against Russian troops with military aid.

Reznikov said of Ukraine’s Western allies, “We had to convince them. We had to show them proof.” “In the case of Izyum, we were very accurate in our targeting of a Russian air operations command centre… When our partners saw it, they said, “You made it!”

 

News Source: https://thehill.com/policy/international/russia/3565035-russia-tells-its-forces-to-target-western-provided-weapons/

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