Defense Minister Reznikov confirms Ukraine will receive long-range missiles

20 February, 01:40 PM
Reznikov announced the supply of long-range missiles to Ukraine (Photo:Johanna Geron/Reuters)

Reznikov announced the supply of long-range missiles to Ukraine (Photo:Johanna Geron/Reuters)

Ukraine will receive long-range missiles capable of striking targets at a distance of 150-200 km (about 90-125 miles), but those may be not ATACMS missiles, Ukrainian Minister of Defense Oleksii Reznikov said in an interview with Ukrainian news outlet Babel on Feb. 20.

"Not that it actually will be ATACMS,” he explained.

“There are other long-range missiles. Yes, the orcs (Russian invaders) are now hiding 120-150 km away, and we need something to reach them, and we will get it.”

Reznikov added that Ukraine will get long-range missiles as soon as the first half of the current year.

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"Yes. I can't say any more," the minister concluded.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has called long-range missiles one of Ukraine’s three main military priorities (alongside tanks and fighter jets) for which Ukraine's allies haven't reached an agreement. However, partner nations did agree on the supply of modern of Leopard, Challenger 2 and M1 Abrams tanks in January.

Pentagon spokesman Patrick Ryder confirmed on Feb. 3 that a new $2.175 billion military aid package to Ukraine includes GLSDB (Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb) missiles with a range of 150 km (about 90 miles). Bloomberg reported that once the contract for GLSDB production is signed, it will take about nine months to deliver them.

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