Britain is set to send deadly long-range rocket launchers to fighters in Ukraine – despite Vladimir Putin’s chilling warning that he will hit “new targets” if the weapons are supplied.
The deranged despot’s horrifying statement yesterday (Sunday 5) claimed if the West provided long-range missiles, Russia will “strike at targets (they) have not yet been hitting”.
But just hours after the former-KGB agent’s harrowing threat, the Ministry of Defence announced it was sending M270 multiple-launch rocket systems to the eastern European warzone.
It comes as a big help to brave Ukrainian fighters who have begged for better protection against the brutal invaders, who have reportedly committed war crimes including the rape and murder of civilians.
British security forces boasted that the high-tech equipment was a “significant boost in capability” and said it was “coordinated closely with the US decision to gift the high mobility artillery rocket system”.
They added the longer-range precision weapons were given to help Ukrainian forces to “defend themselves from Russian heavy artillery used to devastating effect in the eastern Donbas region”.
American President Joe Biden has also ignored bonkers Putin’s threats and gifted Ukrainian leader Zelensky with terrifying M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems.
It was given alongside the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System with a whopping 40 miles (64 km) range – meaning it can travel twice as far as previously supplied weapons.
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Defiant UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace bragged: “These highly capable multiple-launch rocket systems will enable our Ukrainian friends to better protect themselves against the brutal use of long-range artillery, which Putin’s forces have used indiscriminately to flatten cities.
“The UK stands with Ukraine in this fight and is taking a leading role in supplying its heroic troops with the vital weapons they need to defend their country from unprovoked invasion.
“If the international community continues its support, I believe Ukraine can win. As Russia’s tactics change, so must our support to Ukraine.”
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