British defense chief: Ukraine to expand long-range attacks inside Russia

Britain’s Chief of Defense Staff, Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, told the Financial Times that Ukraine plans to step up long-range attacks inside Russia, while an influx of Western military aid will help Kiev reshape its “difficult” land battle against Russia .

During a nearly six-month lull in U.S. funding for Ukraine, Russian forces made some limited territorial gains as Ukraine sought more long-range weapons from the West and launched attacks on Russian facilities and infrastructure in Russia. The US has supplied Ukraine with ATACMS long-range missiles, with President Joe Biden specifying that they can only be used on Ukrainian territory. Previously, US officials criticized the ongoing Ukrainian campaign against Russia’s oil processing industry.

Radakin acknowledged the challenging situation for Ukraine’s defense against Russian advances. Despite the current pessimistic outlook, he stressed that this is not a reflection of “longer trends are more in Kiev’s favor,” including the latest packages of military aid from the US and Europe, Ukraine’s increasingly successful long-range attacks and Moscow’s “total inability” to choke Kiev’s crucial grain exports through the Black Sea.

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