Western weapons

Ukrainian servicemen assist their comrades not far from the frontline in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas, on 21 May, 2022. Photo: – / AFP

Russia destroys Western weapons sent to Ukraine

Western-supplied weapons in northwestern Ukraine were destroyed by Moscow forces with long-range missiles in the northwestern Ukraine

Western weapons

Ukrainian servicemen assist their comrades not far from the frontline in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas, on 21 May, 2022. Photo: – / AFP

Moscow’s forces destroyed a large shipment of Western-supplied weapons in northwestern Ukraine with long-range missiles, the Russian defence ministry said Saturday.

“High-precision long-range sea-based Kalibr missiles destroyed a large batch of weapons and military equipment near the Malin railway station in Zhytomyr region delivered from the United States and European countries,”

it said.

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WESTERN WEAPONS

The ministry said the weapons were intended for Ukrainian forces in the eastern Donbas region, a Russian-speaking area that has been partially controlled by pro-Moscow separatists since 2014 and is now scene of some of the fiercest fighting in Ukraine.

Moscow sent troops inro Ukraine on 24 February, saying it aimed to “de-Nazify” the pro-Western country and protect the Russian speakers there.

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Western countries have supplied Ukraine with weapons, including artillery, anti-aircraft missiles, anti-tank weapons and other powerful materiel, but Kyiv has been pushing allies for more support.

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