Ukraine undertakes not to strike Russia with HIMARS the Minister of Defence

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UKRAINSKA PRAVDA – FRIDAY, 15 JULY, 15:48

Oleksii Reznikov, the Minister of Defence of Ukraine, has confirmed that Ukraine has undertaken not to use HIMARS on targets on the territory of the Russian Federation.

Source: Reznikov in an interview with the BBC

Reznikov: "We made a commitment that we would not use high-precision weapons against Russian objects on the territory of the Russian Federation.

We have confirmed it everywhere, even I personally did so in a letter addressed to my colleague – the head of the Pentagon – that we will use American weapons to deter the enemy and de-occupy temporarily occupied lands [by the Russian army] only on the territory of Ukraine."

Details: When asked whether the commitment of the Ukrainian side extends to Crimea, Reznikov answered the following, "I told (US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin – ed.) that we have enough strategic facilities on the Ukrainian territories occupied by the Russians. He replied to me, "we have understood you".

Previously: 

  • In early June, the US President announced that the country would provide a new security aid package to Ukraine, which includes HIMARS missile and artillery systems.

  • In July, it became known that Ukraine received 9 HIMARS missile systems and similar systems from the US and its allies, but it needs dozens more for a counteroffensive.