Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated on Tuesday that Ukraine’s armed forces had used US-supplied ATACMS long-range missiles for the primary time.
“They’ve carried out very precisely. ATACMS have confirmed themselves,” he stated in a night deal with posted on social media, with out giving particulars of when or the place they had been used.
The White Home confirmed the supply for the primary time in an official assertion.
“We imagine these ATACMS will present a major enhance to Ukraine’s battlefield capabilities with out risking our (US) army readiness,” Nationwide Safety Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson stated in a press release.
ATACMS have a most vary of round 300 kilometres (190 miles) — however Watson stated the model “just lately” despatched to Ukraine had a decrease vary of 165 kilometres.
“Right this moment, a particular due to america,” Zelensky stated in a video message. “Our agreements with President Biden are being applied.”
NEW: Ukrainian forces used US-provided #ATACMS long-range missiles to strike #Russian targets in occupied #Ukraine for the primary time on October 17. 🧵(1/7) https://t.co/oOGY7X5Xk7 pic.twitter.com/RQvG3aK61s
— ISW (@TheStudyofWar) October 18, 2023
Russian ambassador to america Anatoly Antonov stated Wednesday that Washington’s choice to provide Ukraine with ATACMS long-range missiles was “a grave mistake.”
“The White Home’s choice to ship long-range missiles to Ukrainians is a grave mistake. The results of this step, which was intentionally hidden from the general public, shall be of essentially the most critical nature,” he stated in a press release.
Earlier on Tuesday, Ukraine stated it had hit airfields within the Russian-occupied south and east of the nation in a single day, claiming the “profitable operation” had destroyed a number of helicopters.
In a mission dubbed “Operation Dragonfly,” Kyiv’s particular forces stated on social media they’d attacked airfields in southern Berdyansk and japanese Lugansk.
Russian officers had claimed earlier on Tuesday that the US-supplied missiles had been used within the assault on Berdyansk.
A Moscow-backed official within the Russian-controlled a part of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia area, Vladimir Rogov, stated on Telegram that fragments of ATACMS missiles had been discovered on the website of the strike.
An influential Russian Telegram channel, Rybar, which has shut ties with Moscow’s forces, additionally alleged ATACMS missiles had been used within the assault.
Kyiv, which launched its counteroffensive towards Russian forces this summer time, has claimed to have carried out a number of operations in occupied territory.
Berdyansk fell to Russian forces early of their invasion final 12 months. Lugansk has largely been managed by pro-Russia forces since 2014.
Kyiv claimed to have destroyed 9 helicopters, an air defence launcher, an ammunition warehouse, and stated it had broken runways within the in a single day strikes.
It additionally claimed Russian forces had suffered losses within the operation.
Zelensky stated Kyiv’s “assault operations” had achieved outcomes.
“I’m grateful to those that are successfully destroying the occupiers’ logistics bases on our land,” he stated in a press release.
He additionally thanked “each warrior” for defending key frontline areas within the east and south of the nation.
Kyiv has for months requested the West to provide it with long-range weapons for its counteroffensive, which has been slower than anticipated.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine have shared the primary official video of ATACMS being launched in Ukraine.
Video: Valerii Zaluzhnyi by way of Telegram pic.twitter.com/8wAnRCDqZQ
— The Kyiv Unbiased (@KyivIndependent) October 17, 2023