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Pentagon chief: We expect Ukraine to use weapons we provided on targets inside Ukraine

Monday, 20 May 2024, 21:25
Pentagon chief: We expect Ukraine to use weapons we provided on targets inside Ukraine
US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin. Photo: Getty Images

The US has expressed its expectation that Kyiv will use the weapons it has been given to hit targets inside of Ukraine.

Source: European Pravda with reference to a statement of US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin following a meeting of the Contact Group on Ukraine's Defence (Ramstein format)

Details: The US Secretary of Defence was asked whether Ukraine could use US air defence systems to strike at planes bombing Kharkiv from Russian territory.

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Quote: "Our expectation is that they [Ukraine] continue to use the weapons that we've provided on targets inside of Ukraine," Austin said.

The Pentagon chief noted that in this case, "the aerial dynamics are a little bit different". However, Austin added that he did not want to speculate on this topic.

Background:

  • Earlier, Victoria Nuland, former US Deputy Secretary of State, whose career was connected with Ukraine and Russia, expressed her belief that Kyiv has the right to strike military targets on Russian territory and that Washington and its allies should help it do so.
  • The Wall Street Journal reported that Ukraine had asked the Biden administration to help identify targets in Russia that Kyiv could strike with its own weapons, and separately asked to lift restrictions on the use of US-provided weapons against military targets in Russia.
  • Previously, the Pentagon said that the weapons provided by the United States to Ukraine should be used within Ukrainian territory.

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